removing 50km of the great barrier reef for expressways
The Great Barrier Reef. It's one of the most important landmarks in Australia. Located on the east coast of Queensland, it is full of vibrant colours and lots of wildlife like fish, starfish and coral.
Unfortunately, the Australian Federal Government has decided to remove a 50km strip of coral and marine life. This is to make way for an express way. The express way will be used by ships transporting Australian coal to other countries, but mainly to China. At the moment coal in Australia costs approximately $80 per tonne. If the strip is removed, exporters will knock 4 cents off the $80.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed the plan at Parliament House saying "As countries that use a lot of coal can buy it cheap from other sources, Australia needs to continue to innovate to stay on top of the global market."
This poses a huge risk for the reef and the wildlife. If it goes ahead, currents may change and more coral may die.