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Senate inquiry looks at reef science


A Senate Inquiry this week will look at the scientific research the Federal government bases its decisions on, with regards to the Great Barrier Reef.

Canegrowers Association (CA) wants the inquiry to call for a review of the way the research is managed, scrutinised and used to back environmental policy.
CA Queensland Chairman, Paul Scanbury says they have the right to examine the Science behind decisions that affect them, "We're entitled to understand what makes that Science tick and how credible it is.  Surely there's a smarter way to get the dial right between sustainable reef and sustainable agriculture." 
It follows new regulation limiting Nitrogen applications for farmers to help protect the reef from run-off. CA claims the decision was not based on proper evidence.