Environment minister Greg Hunt has hosed down suggestions that the recently announced expansion of the Abbot Point coal port will harm the Great Barrier Reef, saying he ‘recently re-watched Finding Nemo’, and it was clear that the fish in the movie were ‘doing just fine’. ‘I’ve been watching Finding Nemo for years, and the condition of the Reef doesn’t appear to have changed’, said Hunt. ‘Nemo, Marlin and Dory all seem pretty healthy, as they always do. This is no doubt testament to the fact that dumping millions of tonnes of waste into the middle of the world’s largest ecosystem is completely safe.’
‘If it was a problem, we would have seen some evidence.’ Holding up a DVD cover of Finding Nemo, Hunt said ‘this is all the evidence this government needs to show our environmental practices are not doing any damage’.
In response to criticism that ‘Finding Nemo’ isn’t a legitimate source of information about the Reef, Hunt responded: ‘These claims are blatant propaganda. I looked up what Wikipedia said on the issue, and it says Finding Nemo is a real movie, that was, and I quote, ‘set in the Great Barrier Reef’.
‘You can’t argue with facts’, he added.