GLOBAL conservation group World Wildlife Fund today released a comprehensive scorecard of the policies of Queensland's political parties to protect the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef.
The scorecard rates the policies of Queensland's political parties according to the actions they would take to address the key threats to the Reef.
WWF spokesperson Nick Heath said Queenslanders must treat this election as a referendum on the future health of the Great Barrier Reef.
"More than a thousand turtles have washed up along the coast over the past year after their food sources were smothered by sediment, and we continue to see dolphins, turtles and dugongs getting entangled and drowning in fishing nets."
"WWF challenged the parties in December last year to step up and save the Reef. In the last 72 hours, parties have responded with their policies on how they would protect this World Heritage icon."
Each party's policies were rated on the following six policy proposals:
- Cutting Reef pollution
- Ending poor fishing practices
- Saving turtles with more rangers
- Creating stronger safeguards on coastal management
- Maintaining existing legal, policy and planning protection
- Maintaining existing agency budgets
"In assessing party policies for the future of the reef, we considered the clarity of their statements, the scale of any policies announced, affordability, whether the policy is backed up by sufficient resourcing and whether implementation would result in real protection for the Reef.
"By protecting the Reef, the next Queensland Government can make a critical investment in the continued security of our marine life and the coastal communities that depend on a healthy environment."
The scorecard is also online at wwf.org.au and will continue to be updated up until polling day if parties come forward with further Reef policies.