Enviro-advocates dump sludge on Rudd's office over dredging

A STUNT to fight development near the Great Barrier Reef is forcing advocates to dig up plenty on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

In an effort to draw attention to applications to expand the Abbot Point coal terminal in Central Queensland, the Australian Marine Conservation Society is using sludge to fight dredging.

The group planted a decorated skip-bin in front of the PM's Morningside electorate office in Brisbane, ordering an excavator to lift then dump the material.

Aside from putting bystanders and protestors at risk of being splattered with mud, the society is pushing politicians to sign up to a pledge to fight the proposed dredging.

So far, seven federal members and senators have signed the pledge.

AMCS campaign director Felicity Wishart said she wanted Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to be next.

"We wanted to demonstrate to the community and send a message to Kevin Rudd that there are plans to dredge and dump millions of tonnes of dredge material into the Great Barrier Reef.

"Some of it is fine sentiment which is very damaging for coal," she said.

Environment Minister Mark Butler is expected to make a decision on the expansion by Friday.



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