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Int'l - Great Barrier Reef gets tick for coral regrowth but overall health ‘very poor’

Scientists say there’s little cause for long-term optimism in a new scientific report on the Great Barrier Reef, despite Environment Minister Sussan Ley seizing on it in her campaign against UNESCO’s proposed “in-danger” rating for the World Heritage-listed site.

Scientists say there’s little cause for long-term optimism in a new scientific report on the Great Barrier Reef, despite Environment Minister Sussan Ley seizing on it in her campaign against UNESCO’s proposed “in-danger” rating for the World Heritage-listed site.

If a week is a long time in politics, a month is an eternity. Long enough, in fact, for Ms Ley to go from being “blindsided” by UNESCO’s move to the minister herself blindsiding scientists when News Corp gained exclusive access to a key report.

Ms Ley has spearheaded a public relations blitz ahead of Friday night’s vote by members of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee on whether to impose an in-danger warning on the reef.

She flew to Europe on July 10 to lobby delegates on the committee, while ambassadors of more than a dozen countries were flown to the reef to see healthy corals.

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