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Protect the laws that protect the places and wildlife we love
761 signatures (76%) towards our goal of 1000
Tell Prime Minister Gillard to protect the laws that protect the places and wildlife we love!
Under pressure from big business and the mining industry, governments are moving forward with an aggressive plan to wind back our environmental protection laws. In the guise of cutting ‘green tape’, government and industry propose to hand important federal approval powers to the states, and fast track approvals for large developments. This will remove federal protection for our most special places and wildlife, and accelerate mining and other destructive development in our forests, woodlands and rural landscapes.
History has shown us that the Federal government has a critical role in protecting matters of national environmental significance. Short-sighted development proposals have threatened Australia’s natural heritage several times in the past and the federal government has stepped in to prevent irreversible harm. Without federal intervention, the Franklin River would be dammed, there would be oil rigs on the Great Barrier Reef and pristine Shoalwater Bay would be home to a large coal port.
The momentum to protect our natural heritage is building. It is essential that the Prime Minister hears community support for the laws that protect the places we love.
The most recent national State of the Environment report shows the country is going backwards in biodiversity conversation, climate change impacts, the health of our watersheds and the protection of our public forests and woodlands. Now, more than ever, we need the federal government to uphold and strengthen environmental laws to safeguard Australia’s natural heritage for future generations.