Saturday, 26 November 2016

One Nation has a tax payer funded Reef holiday

Last summer the Great Barrier Reef was hit by a massive bleaching event. It could have been far worse than it was, but fortunately a cyclone blew in to the southern parts of the Reef and cooled the water enough to reduce the amount of bleaching experienced in the Southern and Central sectors. The Northern Sector was very hard hit as the below map shows:

Apparently wanting a tax payer funded holiday and to downplay the extent of damage to the Reef, Pauline Hanson and two of her dim-witted clown senators decided to head to the Great Barrier Reef for a photo opportunity. After a snorkel with a media pack watching, the One Nation dipsticks announced the Reef was "alive and well", that climate change is a hoax, and the bleaching wasn't a big deal.

Where do you suppose they went? Lizard Island, north of Cooktown would have been a sensible choice. It's in the worst hit area and has an excellent scientific facility on the island studying the Reef. Recent surveys of the area are heart breaking. There are many other spots in the red Northern Sector they could have selected.

So where did they choose? They chose Great Keppel Island - almost as far away as possible while still being on the Reef. It's an area with very little severe bleaching, and that was expected to recover reasonably well.

I'm sure it's a lovely spot for a holiday, particularly if you don't have to pay for it. But to choose it for any discussion of the 2016 bleaching event is ludicrous. It's willfully, deliberately misleading. It's like pronouncing a hospital unnecessary after wandering in and highlighting one person in the waiting room with a minor laceration that should have gone to a GP.

Your tax dollars at work.

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