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Our environmental protection laws are under threat

The Morrison Government is gearing up to butcher our Environmental Protection Laws1 — just months after over a billion animals were killed in bushfires.

Our communities and wildlife deserve protection.

Can you sign the petition and demand the Government respect the laws protecting our environment?


We know changes to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act) would be politicially toxic for the Government.

Polling commissioned by GetUp shows an overwhelming majority of Australians think the Government should wait until a statutory review currently underway is complete. What's more, 3 in 4 Australians think the fossil fuel industry should not be able to interfere with our environmental protection laws.2

But just last week the fossil fuel lobby pressured the Government to weaken these laws.3

We can't let them succeed.

Add your name now!

References:
[1]'Coalition is aiming to change Australia's environment laws before review is finished', The Guardian, 23 April 2020
[2] 'Aussies want enviro laws left until review', The Canberra Times, 18 May 2020 [3] 'Fossil fuel lobbyists call for regulation breaks during pandemic', Sydney Morning Herald, 12 May 2020
The recent bushfire crisis has devastated Australia's native animal population. A total of 19 mammals, 13 birds, 20 reptiles, 17 frogs, five invertebrates, 22 crayfish and 17 fish species have been identified as at risk, with at least 30% of their range destroyed.1 In NSW alone, more than one billion animals and hundreds of billions of insects have been killed. "For some species we're looking at imminent extinction", says ecologist Chris Dickman from the University of Sydney.2 The scale of the disaster is unprecedented, which is why it has never been more important that our environmental laws are strong.
References:
[1] 'Expert panel says 113 species need urgent attention after Australia's bushfires', The Guardian, 11 February 2020
[2] 'NSW bushfires lead to deaths of over a billion animals and 'hundreds of billions' of insects, experts say', ABC, 9 January 2020
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) is the key piece of environmental legislation in Australia. It regulates any activity that will have an impact on environmental values, including protection of native flora and fauna species, world heritage areas, national and marine parks, and water resources.
Source: The EPBC Act Review 2020, Environmental Defenders Office
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) is currently undergoing its 10-year statutory review into how effectively it has been operating and whether it requires any changes. The review was initially created due to environment laws being too weak to provide adequate protection for Australian wildlife, leading to an extraordinarily high extinction rate. Too many development projects were being approved and having adverse consequences on particular species and ecosystems. Submissions to the review have recently closed, and the first draft of the report will be handed down in June, 2020. The final draft will be released in October, 2020.

The Government recently announced it would look into changing the EPBC before the final report is released. Brendan Sydes, the Chief Executive of Environmental Justice Australia, raised concerns about what these potential changes might mean, stating "we really need to have a focus on the objectives the act is attempting to achieve, rather than streamlining and processes."2 It is important the proper review process is followed so that any changes are in line with the recommendations in the final report – or we risk our environmental laws being weakened.
References:
[1] The EPBC Act Review 2020, Environmental Defenders Office
[2] 'Coalition is aiming to change Australia's environment laws before review is finished', The Guardian, 23 April 2020
The EPBC does not adequately protect Australia's endangered species. Australia currently has a high rate of extinction, including the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. More than 50 animal and 60 plant species have gone extinct in the past 200 years, and the EPBC has not done enough to address it.
Source: 'Coalition is aiming to change Australia's environment laws before review is finished', The Guardian, 23 April 2020

SIGN THE PETITION NOW!

To Environment Minister Sussan Ley,

We demand you halt any changes to our Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act) until the Samuel Review is fully completed.

We also call for any future changes to substantially strengthen protections for our wildlife, biodiversity and communities.




36,944 signatures

We need 23,056 more


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