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Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority approves plan to dump Abbot Point spoil. By Freya Petersen Updated Sun 2 Feb 2014, 6:43am AEDT The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has approved a proposal to dump dredge spoil from the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion in the marine park area. Three million cubic metres of spoil must be dredged as part of the project at Bowen in North Queensland green-lighted by Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt last month.

Scientists and conservation lobbyists had urged the Authority to reject the expansion, with 233 signing a letter to chairman Russell Reichelt that said: "The best available science makes it very clear that expansion of the port at Abbot Point will have detrimental effects on the Great Barrier Reef. Greenpeace warns that any dumping of dredge spoil on the World Heritage-listed reef will be an "international embarrassment" and akin to "dumping rubbish in the Grand Canyon". "We wouldn't throw rubbish on World Heritage sites like the Grand Canyon or the Vatican City, so why would we dump on the reef? " G20 Australia 2014. On 1 December 2013, Australia officially commenced its 2014 presidency of the Group of Twenty (G20) succeeding 2013 host Russia. The 2014 G20 Leaders Summit, the most important event in the G20 year, will be held on 15 and 16 November in Brisbane, Queensland.

This will be the most significant meeting of world leaders that Australia has hosted with as many as 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media representatives expected to attend. Hosting the G20 in 2014 gives Australia a valuable opportunity to influence the economic policies of the major economies of the world and contribute to a healthy, growing and resilient global economy. Achieving such outcomes will also boost Australian jobs, living standards and long-term prosperity and is an opportunity to showcase the best of Australia.

A G20 Taskforce has been established in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to coordinate Australia’s G20 presidency and to manage logistics for G20 meetings in 2014. To find out more visit EDGAR Search Results. Queensland Treasury Corporation. Authorities, commissions, boards and other bodies | About Queensland and its government. On this page: About other government bodies ( ) Being part of an authority, commission, board or other body ( ) Find a government body. ( ) About other government bodies Government bodies like authorities, boards and committees can be either established by an Act of Parliament or by a decision of executive government, either through the Cabinet process or by individual Ministers or Chief Executive Officers of government agencies.

They often involve people external to government, allowing differing degrees of independence from government while still requiring checks and balances. Being part of an authority, board, committee or other body Find a government body. True Australian Friends. True Australians Friends - Learn The Truth There is a wonderful opportunity for Australians to take up the challenge to lead Australia in a new direction. Australia has been betrayed by uninformed or globalist politicians Liberal.Labour and Green and even Independents. Where is Australia going wrong? Australia is split into two; at present. We have the original 1901 Australian Constitution that is still in effect and which trumps any other law or legal situations. We then have a totally illegal 1986 Australian Constitution set up as a registered company under the control of Washington DC a privately owned corporation.

Australians need to be informed of the depth of this deception. There are thousands of good Australian people being indoctrinated through false propaganda are being fooled by false causes and charities which have been set up to help, dumb down the unwitting people of Australia. The United Nations using I.C.L.E.I. You can win any battle if you know the right tacts to use. Australians Against The TTP. South Koreans free to sue thanks to new free trade agreement. Korean free trade deal secured Australia and South Korea have entered into a new free trade agreement, and both sides of Australian politics are claiming the credit. 5, 2013 South Korean corporations will be able to sue the Australian government under a new historic free trade agreement. Under the deal, announced by the Abbott government on Thursday, tariffs will be eliminated on local exports of agricultural products such as beef, sugar, wheat, wine and dairy, as well as energy, resources and manufactured goods.

Trade Minister Andrew Robb and his Korean counterpart, Yoon Sang-jick, Korea Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy. But the agreement also includes a controversial provision for a mechanism called an investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). Advertisement Labor Senator Penny Wong said she was concerned about the impact of "any" proposed ISDS mechanism. The TPP for Dummies. Kimberly Paxton December 12th, 2013 Reader Views: 7,584 If you keep hearing about the TPP and really only have a general idea of what this is, there is a good reason for that. The negotiations have been kept a closely guarded secret, and those participating don’t want you to know what it is until it’s too late to change it. Read on for a TPP primer.

What is the TPP? TPP stands for Trans-Pacific Partnership. Why are so many people against the TPP? One of the major issues with the TPP is its effect on Freedom of Speech. Under the guise of protecting intellectual copyrights, if the TPP goes through, the internet will change dramatically. ISPs will be forced to monitor the content of their customers (without warrants) because it is they who will face huge liability if copyrights are “infringed” upon. Our own Constitutional checks and balances will no longer apply. How does the TPP have the potential to cause tension with China?

The provisions deliberately exclude China. Campbell Newman reignites debate on public asset sales. By Melinda Howells Updated Wed 4 Dec 2013, 8:21am AEDT Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says he wants to begin a debate on which of the state's public assets could be sold after the next election. He made the pitch during his second State of the State address to the business community in Brisbane today. The State Government has ruled out privatising Ergon, Energex and Powerlink. But the Costello Audit recommended privatisations and the Government is considering selling electricity generators and leasing the Townsville and Gladstone ports.

Mr Newman says any sale proposal will be taken to voters at the next election, due in March 2015. "We do have to make some decisions as a community," he said. "Do we want to hang on to some of these assets, or do we want to take the opportunity to sell some selected assets after going to an election, reduce the level of debt but also plough some money into some important infrastructure projects? "It's not only can-do, this realisation, it's must-do. "