Our environmental protection laws are under threat
Our environment laws are already abysmally poor. Gutting them further would make it easier to bulldoze habitats, poison drinking water, build coal mines and could seal the fate of iconic threatened species like the koala.
Even more disturbingly, these proposed changes have come before an independent review into our environment laws has even been released.
Our communities, land, water and wildlife need more protections, not less.
Can you sign the petition and demand that the Government doesn't weaken our environment laws, and instead introduces stronger protections
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 in recent weeks the fossil fuel lobby has pressured the Government to weaken these laws3 – we can't let them succeed.
Add your name to the petition now!
'Coalition is aiming to change Australia's environment laws before review is finished', The Guardian, 23 April 2020
 'Aussies want enviro laws left until review', The Canberra Times, 18 May 2020  'Fossil fuel lobbyists call for regulation breaks during pandemic', Sydney Morning Herald, 12 May 2020
 'Expert panel says 113 species need urgent attention after Australia's bushfires', The Guardian, 11 February 2020
 'NSW bushfires lead to deaths of over a billion animals and 'hundreds of billions' of insects, experts say', ABC, 9 January 2020
Source: The EPBC Act Review 2020, Environmental Defenders Office
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.
 The EPBC Act Review 2020, Environmental Defenders Office
 'Coalition is aiming to change Australia's environment laws before review is finished', The Guardian, 23 April 2020
Source: 'Coalition is aiming to change Australia's environment laws before review is finished', The Guardian, 23 April 2020
SIGN THE PETITION NOW!
To Prime Minister Scott Morrison and 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.
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