Gladstone Ports Corporation Chief Executive Leo Zussino.
Gladstone Ports Corporation Chief Executive Leo Zussino.

Call for leaders to stand up against harbour critics

COMMUNITY leaders should stand up against critics of the science showing Gladstone Harbour is in good health.

That is the view of Gladstone Ports Corporation chief executive Leo Zussino, who spoke at the Gladstone Region Futures Summit yesterday.

Mr Zussino rejected the notion that scientists monitoring the harbour were compromised because their research was paid for by the port authority or the government.

One of the arguments made by critics of the current dredging project is that the government has manipulated the outcome of scientific research on the harbour to show dredging has not had an impact.

"It is just a base political argument," Mr Zussino said of the claims.

"What it basically says is that every scientist we have ever used, and they are all reputable scientists, is either morally corrupt or they are willing to, for a buck, change the outcome of their research.

"It is nonsense and I get sick and tired of community leaders who won't stand up and say it."
 



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