Let's halt the path to extinction

Let's halt the path to extinction

On 28 January, Environment Minister Sussan Ley finally released the long-awaited report of the Independent Review of Australia’s environment laws (the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act) by Professor Graeme Samuel AC. 

So far, the Government has ignored experts and community in favour of a plan driven by vested interests. For the last five months, they’ve pushed a bill amending the EPBC to allow them to hand powers to the states—a bill that would lock in extinctions and lock communities out from decision making. They’ve wanted to wash their hands of any responsibility for environmental decisions ...

On 28 January, Environment Minister Sussan Ley finally released the long-awaited report of the Independent Review of Australia’s environment laws (the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act) by Professor Graeme Samuel AC. 

So far, the Government has ignored experts and community in favour of a plan driven by vested interests. For the last five months, they’ve pushed a bill amending the EPBC to allow them to hand powers to the states—a bill that would lock in extinctions and lock communities out from decision making. They’ve wanted to wash their hands of any responsibility for environmental decisions—without establishing any sort of national standards or independent regulation.

The Independent Review of the EPBC is clear: this Review shows that the system is broken and only fundamental reform of our national environment laws will turn around Australia’s extinction crisis and safeguard our iconic natural and cultural heritage. 

Please email Minister Ley today and urge the Government to listen to the experts and the community and take real action to end the extinction and deforestation crisis.

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Federal Environment Minister Ley, please listen to experts and community and act

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