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This is a crucial moment for our decades long campaign for national nature laws that actually protect nature. Without urgent reforms to the EPBC Act, the decline of Australia’s unique plants, animals and ecosystems will continue.

At our Community Forum: Stop the Flaws with Nature Laws on Thursday 23 May, ACF Community Macnamara along with local groups Glen Eira Emergency Climate Action group, Bayside Climate Crisis Action group and Port Phillip Emergency Climate Action Network, asked MP Josh Burns to personally pass on this open letter to Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek and PM Anthony Albanese. it was signed by 150 people in the room that night. Will you add your signature and ensure that our message makes an impact?

The remaining digital signatures will be delivered via community group email to Josh Burns by June 6, during Parliament sitting week so he is able to pass them directly to Ministers Plibersek and Albanese in person. Add your name now!

Full text of the open letter

Dear Prime Minister Albanese and Minister Plibersek,

We are community volunteers, conservationists and friends from the electorates of Macnamara, Goldstein and surrounds who write to you with serious concerns about the indefinite delay of the reforms to Australia’s national environment law – the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), as promised in the Government’s Nature Positive Plan.

Australia has one of the worst extinction records on Earth and many iconic species and ecosystems continue to be threatened by human activity including mining and development. Once these species and habitats have gone, we’ll never get them back and our children and grandchildren will never experience the Australia we all know and love today.

Much of this will not be news to you Minister Plibersek as we know in your role as Environment Minister you have pledged to attempt to end extinctions in Australia and to work to provide better protections for Australia’s wildlife.

While we welcome your government’s plans to introduce a national Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and an Environmental Information Agency (EIA), we are concerned that these agencies will be left enforcing the weak and ineffective EPBC Act, which has overseen the continued destruction of animals, plants and their habitats and fails to address climate impacts.

Without urgent reforms to the EPBC Act to strengthen nature protections, the loss of species and habitat will continue. We also feel that funding for the environment in the federal budget is simply insufficient to bring about the sort of necessary change to reverse the decline of Australia’s unique plants, animals and ecosystems and make these laws fit for purpose.

We and millions of other Australians care about our natural heritage and work tirelessly to support and protect it. We urge you to step up and do your part to address Australia's environmental decline and save our threatened species and habitats before they disappear by:

  • Improving protections for nature in the existing EPBC Act, including the consideration of climate risks and impacts, alongside introducing a strong and independent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and an Environmental Information Agency (EIA)
  • Committing to a clear plan for developing and delivering the rest of the urgent reforms to national environment laws within this term of government
  • Increasing federal funding to protect and recover Australia's threatened plants, animals and places.

Thank you for your consideration of the above, and we look forward to hearing your response.

Yours sincerely,

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Latest Supporters

We need nature laws that work for all of Australia.
Please let us get this right this time, there may not be a next time.
Phillip 2024-06-27 17:14:14 +1000
Nico 2024-06-21 10:56:18 +1000
Margaret 2024-06-09 14:03:04 +1000
We depend on our environment. Protect it so it can protect us, our children and our grandchildren. Strengthen the EPBC Act.
Jane 2024-06-05 17:23:39 +1000
Strengthening and enforcing laws protecting habitat are vital for stopping species extinctions
Catherine 2024-06-05 17:18:00 +1000
Gay 2024-06-05 11:51:57 +1000
Liana 2024-06-04 23:07:31 +1000
There is no coming back from extinction!
Richard 2024-06-04 18:20:28 +1000
Catriona 2024-06-04 17:33:06 +1000
John 2024-06-04 14:36:46 +1000
Jan 2024-06-04 14:00:23 +1000
Iren 2024-06-04 10:00:26 +1000
Dawn 2024-06-04 08:11:58 +1000
Cathy 2024-06-03 21:51:57 +1000
Caitlin 2024-06-03 21:47:13 +1000
Much better laws to protect nature are absolutely essential! This must be done NOW!
Denise 2024-06-03 19:07:01 +1000
The EPBC Act is largely ineffectual and needs urgent reform.
James 2024-06-03 13:02:04 +1000
Anna 2024-06-03 11:54:43 +1000
Keith 2024-06-03 11:16:05 +1000
Vicky 2024-06-03 10:51:48 +1000
Please help stop the desecration of our beautiful country and help preserve planet Earth.
Del 2024-06-02 22:15:02 +1000
James 2024-06-02 19:12:12 +1000
Gayle 2024-06-02 19:11:31 +1000
Alan 2024-06-02 18:25:02 +1000
The needed funding for the environment could be gained through a carbon tax. At the very least our EPBC act needs to be reformed to give it actual powers to halt the decline of our natural environment and extinction of our unique fauna.
Natalie 2024-06-02 18:06:47 +1000
Anneliese 2024-06-02 16:55:17 +1000
It is essential we have well designed national nature laws for the benefit of fauna, flora, humans and our planet.
Maggie 2024-06-02 15:30:30 +1000
Des 2024-06-02 13:29:34 +1000
Its time for Australia to take more care and protection of the environment, including the Great Barrier Reef.
Chris 2024-06-02 13:26:55 +1000
Maria 2024-06-02 13:13:53 +1000