The Australian Conservation Foundation’s biggest ever petition, calling for parliamentarians to reject a proposed amendment to weaken environment laws, has been tabled in the Senate.
ACF’s chief executive Kelly O’Shanassy said the size of the petition was unprecedented in the national environment group’s 50-year history.
“More than 100,000 Australians have today declared they are worried national nature protection laws are not actually protecting our air, water, wildlife and places we love like the Great Barrier Reef, Tasmania’s forests and the beautiful landscapes of northern Australia.
“The evidence is in the media day after day – a port is approved on the ecologically-sensitive Tiwi Islands without any environmental assessment, Glencore’s McArthur River zinc mine is allowed to operate with no known solutions to its massive toxic waste problem, the federal government approves Adani’s mega coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin, even though scientists say burning all that coal could mean the death of the Great Barrier Reef.
“The laws that protect nature are the foundations of a thriving Australia, but it’s clear they are not strong enough to keep the places we love safe and healthy.
“We urge all parliamentarians to listen to these concerns and start planning a new generation of laws that will do the job of protecting life in Australia,” she said.