Queensland fought to stop Daintree’s world heritage listing, cabinet papers reveal

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In 1988, Mike Ahern’s government was also trying to distance itself from corruption under Joh Bjelke-Petersen and establish a greenhouse gas policy to combat climate change

In 1988 while most Queenslanders were busy celebrating the bicentenary and hosting the World Expo 88, the government was fighting a bitter campaign to stop the Daintree Rainforest being heritage listed and was desperately trying to distance itself from the corruption that flourished under Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s government, newly released cabinet papers reveal.

The documents show the state government, led by premier Mike Ahern, resented Canberra’s moves to create the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in the far north.

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