Our national environment laws are supposed to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the places and wildlife we love.

But the once-in-a-decade review of our environment law has found that nature in Australia is in trouble. Our laws are not fit to deal with current or future challenges – like climate change or extinction – and the independent reviewer, Professor Graeme Samuel, recommends a complete overhaul of our national environment laws to better protect our country’s unique places, plants, animals and ecosystems.

Australia has one of the worst extinction records on Earth. It's time for laws that actually protect nature, and an independent regulator to enforce them.

These much needed reforms are back on the table under the Albanese Government, but they are not a done deal. It will take all of our voices to lift Labor's ambition to secure the bold changes nature needs.

Email your local Member of Parliament and ask them to:

Speak up in your party for laws that actually protect nature, including: 

  1. strong outcome-focused environmental standards that genuinely protect our unique places, plants, animals and ecosystems. 
  2. an independent national Environment Protection Authority to oversee environmental decision-making

Email tips

  • Make your letter personal – tell them who you are, the suburb you live in (so they know you live in their electorate), and why you care about protecting nature.
  • Include a specific call-to-action – ask them whether they have read the report and whether they are going to speak up for laws that actually protect nature, and an independent regulator to enforce them.
  • Be concise, clear and polite.

Our elected representatives must choose to protect our precious wildlife and ecosystems for years to come. It’s up to all of us to make sure they listen to the recommendations and make laws that actually protect nature.

Further reading

Final Report of the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)

Fast-tracking extinction: Australia's national environmental law


Header image: Dale Cochrane