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Australia is spending billions on the Great Barrier Reef. Will it do any good?

By Graham Readfearn

12 Feb 2022 · 6 min read

The Great Barrier Reef – the world’s largest coral reef system, covering an area about the size of Germany – always comes with big numbers.

Last month the Australian government pledged another seemingly large figure, $1bn, for conservation and science to be spent over the next nine years and spread along the 2,300km reef.

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