Forget water - Gladstone Harbour is chock full of politics

Coal ships at RG Tanna Coal Export Terminal.
Coal ships at RG Tanna Coal Export Terminal. David Sparkes

THERE is no room in Gladstone Harbour for water, whether it be salt or fresh.

Unfortunately, the harbour is full to the brim with politics and there is no space left for water, dugongs or turtles.

It is a pity we lack the technology to convert politics into LNG - otherwise Gladstonites would all be billionaires.

There is a lot of "Labor versus LNP" hanging about the harbour these days.

The move by Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke to launch a review of development on the harbour is partly a genuine effort to monitor environmental standards, partly an attempt to keep UNESCO happy, but mostly an opportunity for attacking the Queensland Government.

Queensland's LNP Government has also politicised the harbour.

Before its election victory one year ago, the LNP was critical of the Bligh government's environmental standards in Gladstone Harbour.

Since coming to power, they have held that line and insist they have raised environmental standards, even though their own science tells them the harbour was healthy before the election and is healthy after it.

In politics, one must differentiate oneself from the opposition.

In that game, Gladstone Harbour is the ideal playground.