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(The Conversation)   Oz's Scott Morrison to announce $1bil for Great Barrier Reef hopefully in time to keep the seahorses healthy and in their bays   (theconversation.com) divider line
    More: Followup, World Heritage Site, Australia, Crown-of-thorns starfish, Great Barrier Reef, timing of the package, UNESCO, intense lobbying campaign, Scott Morrison  
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2022-01-28 1:10:43 AM  
Maybe they'd have the budget for reef repair if they'd built a more sensible road.
 
2022-01-28 1:12:14 AM  
Oh please!!!
Finally...
 
2022-01-28 1:19:07 AM  
Takeaway: Scummo can get behind even pro-environment funding, if it's spent in a marginal Liberal seat.
 
2022-01-28 1:29:44 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Takeaway: Scummo can get behind even pro-environment funding, if it's spent in a marginal Liberal seat.


That's the first rule of Australian politics, see also the vast amounts of $$$ thrown at the Geelong Football Club by State governments over the years.
 
2022-01-28 1:41:25 AM  
Its been destroyed for the past 10 years through dredging aggressive Shoreline projects like massive dogs I can hold supertankers in global warming and rising temperature of the seawater. That biatch is farked
 
2022-01-28 1:56:19 AM  
I wish them well, but I remember one of the problems was fertilizer run-off creating algae blooms. Blooms that feed tiny but aggressive starfish larvae in some areas, and hypoxic patches in others. I don't think a billion will be enough to build the field run-off settling ponds and other devices to hold back nitrogen and phosphorus pollution.

Oh, and if that's feasible, carbonic acidification might be outside their ability to do anything about.
 
2022-01-28 2:03:49 AM  
It's pretty easy to tell an election is coming up.

Of course the biggest threat to the reef is global climate change and the warming sea, and throwing money at the thing won't prevent that. If Australia wasn't so keen on exporting coal that might have some flow-on effects but that ain't gonna happen. Of course global warming is affected by more than just Australian behaviour, as our conservatives are very quick to point out as if this mitigates their own behaviour, but the rest of the world's behaviour is also affected by our exporting of vast amounts of coal.

This isn't about actual change to the reef, it's about being seen to do something, anything, with an election around the corner by a government who's desperately hoping we didn't notice them fark up various aspects of our response to COVID. The PM doesn't want to know about science (research funding won't cool the ocean), he just thinks he knows a bit about marketing but the evidence shows he's not even too good at that.
 
2022-01-28 2:33:44 AM  
Maybe instead of developing carbon sequetration tech, we can spend the next couple years on ocean de-acidification devices, so that we can slow or strop the mass extinctions here on land.
 
2022-01-28 3:04:33 AM  
The Ol'Scomo is pretty good at promising.  Absolute shiat at delivering....
 
2022-01-28 3:16:07 AM  

ImmutableTenderloin: Its been destroyed for the past 10 years through dredging aggressive Shoreline projects like massive dogs I can hold supertankers in global warming and rising temperature of the seawater. That biatch is farked


We'll remain optimistic.
 
2022-01-28 3:52:05 AM  

Aussie_As: It's pretty easy to tell an election is coming up.


Its an additional billion. And like every govt dept, there comes a time of year where if you dont spend it, you lose it. Dont act like the other side of politics does it any differently.

Though more than likely they just couldnt get a border pass to get into qld before now, because anastacia didnt want anyone to enter, including people who live there.
 
2022-01-28 3:58:43 AM  
Oh look. It's the triennial budget cash splash that happens when  party is behind in the polls and needs to win back moderate voters.

Because that's what happens when you have compulsory voting and your elections are won or lost in the apathetic middle ground.

Still better than the alternatives.

Technically, it's only compulsory to have your ballot papers issued or else you're sentenced to the boot
 
2022-01-28 4:03:08 AM  

Whoatherebabie: The Ol'Scomo is pretty good at promising.  Absolute shiat at delivering....


I say this with conviction as a former long time (very progressive) Liberal party member: fark Scomo and his fascist, dominionist ilk. I'd call him a coont but I don't want it mistaken for a compliment.

Preferencing Albo and the ALP with , if not pride, at least confidence I'm doing the right thing his year.
 
2022-01-28 5:48:42 AM  

rw98: Aussie_As: It's pretty easy to tell an election is coming up.

Its an additional billion. And like every govt dept, there comes a time of year where if you dont spend it, you lose it. Dont act like the other side of politics does it any differently.


So on the one hand you're saying nothing's gonna happen, and I think we're in agreement there.

But we diverge on your second point. Labor lost the last election due to the scare campaign the usual suspects in the media ran about the fact they were going to do it differently. They ran an environmental policy that at its centre involved working with a range of industries to migrate towards better practices which meaningfully reduced carbon emissions. So, for example, as industrial equipment and even large-scale operations like power stations came to the end of its life and needed replacing, there would be incentives to replace it with more efficient and environmentally less impactful options (these incentives didn't necessarily involve spending government money, punishing big polluters was also an option). Because this was about private sector investment and utilising technology which in many cases isn't fully developed yet but which will be feasible in twenty years Labor couldn't put a "price tag" on their policy. The policy didn't have to involve a lot of government money, that was part of the point of if, but they got crucified for not being able to price unpriceable events. The policy was sound and anyone looking into it could see it represented value for taxpayers by being about private sector investment, but the headlines screamed "Labor can't price climate policy" and the election was lost.

Sco-Mo's announced a billion dollars of funding which may well help the Queensland tourist industry but could quite feasibly do exactly fark all to improve the health of the reef because it won't address the biggest issues facing the reef (temperature and carbon levels in the water). It's a shiat policy compared to the one which cost Labor the last election. But it's better marketed by simply being yet another normal election announcement.

When the reef dies I'll be voting to re-market it as the Scott Morrison Memorial Shipping Hazard. It's all about the marketing with that prick.
 
2022-01-28 7:16:20 AM  
It's going to make an amazing car park.
 
2022-01-28 8:43:19 AM  

Aussie_As: If Australia wasn't so keen on exporting coal that might have some flow-on effects but that ain't gonna happen.


Ding!
 
2022-01-28 9:47:34 AM  

Whoatherebabie: The Ol'Scomo is pretty good at promising.  Absolute shiat at delivering....


Unless into his own pants while at McDonald's.
 
2022-01-28 10:04:38 AM  
Unless they find or make heat-resistant corals, I think its too late for the Reef.  Its like our air-- if we poison it too much to survive in it, there isn't a lot we can do to fix it.  We either die or walk around in bubbleheads all the time.   This is a closed system.
 
2022-01-28 10:11:11 AM  

ImmutableTenderloin: Its been destroyed for the past 10 years through dredging aggressive Shoreline projects like massive dogs I can hold supertankers in global warming and rising temperature of the seawater. That biatch is farked


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2022-01-28 1:14:17 PM  

cryinoutloud: Unless they find or make heat-resistant corals, I think its too late for the Reef.  Its like our air-- if we poison it too much to survive in it, there isn't a lot we can do to fix it.  We either die or walk around in bubbleheads all the time.   This is a closed system.


The system will correct fine. After we wipe ourselves out due to greed, willful ignorance, and racist tribalism. Good riddance to us.
 
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