Let’s change the laws for nature

We can secure strong new national laws that actually protect nature and the environment.

Our country is amazing. But weak environmental laws and government inaction have made Australia a world leader in extinction and deforestation.

Many selfish corporations are bullying communities to damage our environment and our heath. They are taking advantage of our weak laws to trash our forests, wildlife and climate.

Right now, the Australian Government is doing a once-in-a-decade review of Australia’s failed national environment laws. This is a chance to deal with Australia’s appalling extinction record by bringing in strong new national nature laws that work and an independent watchdog to enforce them.

Australia’s failed national environment law

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC) is Australia’s national environment law. It might have a long, boring title but it should be doing something incredibly important for us all. The EPBC is meant to stop our threatened species like the Fitzroy River TurtleBoggomoss Snail and Capricorn Yellow Chat from going extinct, safeguard our natural places and ensure all governments work together to protect Australia’s environment and natural diversity of life. 

Capricorn Yellow Chat ©Barry Deacon
Capricorn Yellow Chat ©Barry Deacon

Yet our current laws still leave many of our plants, animals and fungi facing extinction. The Government is required to review the EPBC every ten years, and in 2019-2020 we have a once-in-a-decade chance to deal with Australia’s extinction and deforestation crises

Capricorn Conservation Council along with hundreds of other Queensland environment groups supported the Queensland Conservation Council submission. 

Having strong, effective environment laws is very important because Australia is a world leader in mammal extinction and is second only to Indonesia for biodiversity loss.

Will the Government choose to fix these problems or will they continue to support big business to weaken our wildlife protections even further?