State's reef report for UNESCO was late and poorly written

A KEY State Government report meant to convince UNESCO that Australia was looking after the Great Barrier Reef was so poorly prepared it had to be rewritten, News Ltd reports.

Compiled by Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney's state development department, the report also was late, causing Australia to miss a UNESCO deadline.

UNESCO has proposed to list the reef as a World Heritage Area in danger unless Queensland and the Federal Government can convince it they are protecting it from industrialisation.

Last year UNESCO found the Commonwealth and state governments had failed to set limits or enforce approval conditions on development.

A departmental briefing for Environment Minister Andrew Powell obtained under Right to Information laws says concerns were raised by Commonwealth staff about the poor quality of the work, especially in relation to Queensland failing to make commitments to targets on specific environmental matters.

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