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Greens: Traveston dam a white elephant

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Rachel Siewert 16 Aug 2007

The Australian Greens have condemned the proposed Traveston dam as a complete disaster and say it should be dropped immediately.

"The economic, social and environmental evidence to the Senate Inquiry was damning, said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"It clearly shows the dam simply should not be built."

"This dam will be a white elephant."

"I cannot see how it can possibly pass a rigorous EPBC assessment."

"It meets none of the criteria for sustainability, and could end up just as dry as the Paradise dam," said Senator Siewert.

"On top of that it will leak like a sieve."

The dam will destroy much of the remaining habitat of some very rare and threatened species -- including the Australian lungfish and the Mary River turtle.

"It beggars belief that the Queensland government would want to proceed with this giant waste of money."

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