Today new details were revealed of the sleazy, cynical lobbying effort by the @ScottMorrisonMP government to stop our Great Barrier Reef from being listed as ‘in danger’ by UNESCO. How did it come to this? Here’s a thread: #auspol #ActOnClimate
What we found out today is that the Morrison government actually pressured the Australian Institute of Marine Science on a key scientific report, and selectively leaked it to the Murdoch media. Read all about it:…
Today’s revelations are shocking - but consistent with the cynical behaviour of Morrison and his predecessors over a long period of time. Let’s go through the tawdry history.
Back in May 2016, the Australian government lobbied to ensure the Reef was omitted from a report on World Heritage sites threatened by climate change:…
In April 2018, the Australian government awarded $443 million - purportedly to protect the Reef - to a tiny organisation with links to the mining industry without proper due diligence, transparency or tendering:…
In May 2019, after lobbying UNESCO to avoid placing the Reef on the ‘in danger’ list another time, Morrison stated the government had ‘saved the Great Barrier Reef’. Countless scientific studies at the time and since have shown the scale of this untruth.…
In Sept 2019, Morrison told the UN Australia was ‘doing its bit’ on climate change with a ‘vibrant, resilient and protected’ Reef - one month after the @gbrmarinepark's report found the Reef had deteriorated to very poor & with no federal climate policy.…
In Nov 2019, the Australian Academy of Science told a Senate Inquiry it was ‘greatly concerned’ over the Australian government misrepresenting scientific evidence on the Reef to suit an agenda of misinformation about its health.…
In Sept & Oct 2020, scientists gave evidence of Australian politicians misrepresenting and refusing to accept scientific evidence to avoid admitting the deteriorating state of the Reef’s health.…
The Australian government’s claims that it was 'blindsided' by the announcement of UNESCO's plan to declare the Great Barrier Reef 'in danger' is clearly absurd given years of clear warnings of the Reef’s deteriorating health:
Most recently, the Australian government succeeded in its cynical lobbying effort to push back the listing of the Reef as ‘in danger’, despite agreement from many experts that it is, in fact, in mortal peril.…
Australia’s Reef 2050 Plan, supposedly designed to protect and preserve the GBR, contains no action to reduce emissions which are driving climate change which is the greatest threat to the Reef’s survival.…
The Australian government knows what needs to be done - it just refuses to do it. Just yesterday the government’s Special Envoy Warren Entsch stated the Reef’s future depends on greater climate action.…
No policy or action taken can truly protect the Reef, and no leader can suggest they are conserving it, without being supported by meaningful climate action. This is the big lie countless Australian politicians have hid behind for years.…
Australia increased its fossil fuel subsidies by 48% since the Paris Agreement in 2015, undermining any suggestion the govt is doing its best to protect the Reef. The burning and mining of coal, oil and gas is the biggest contributor to the climate crisis.…
Preserving the Reef requires clear and meaningful climate action; setting a 2035 net-zero target and a moratorium on new coal, oil and gas. Instead, Australia recently ranked last out of 170 nations for climate action; the clearest sign of poor faith.…
It’s time for @ScottMorrisonMP to do his job, protect our beautiful Great Barrier Reef and forge a brighter future for all Australians. We know how to turn things around on climate, we have agency in this fight & the tech and models we need. Let’s get to work. #ActOnClimate

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8 Sep
Late last night, news broke in London that @ScottMorrisonMP’s government has been pressuring the UK to drop commitments to the Paris climate goal from the UK-Aust trade deal.
Shameful and part of a pattern, because there's a history of active sabotage.
Here's a thread: #auspol
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Hey @ScottMorrisonMP, I’ve read and reread the transcript of your presser yesterday responding to the #IPCCReport, and there’s a bunch of stuff you’re wrong about. Time to bust the Morrison Myths about climate change. Here’s a thread.
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Hey @AngusTaylorMP last night you claimed Australia's climate record "is one of delivery and achievement".
To use a technical term, that is complete crap.
Here are 14 times Australia’s record has been highlighted as embarrassingly bad on your watch. #IPCC…
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