Where the parties stand on climate, rivers, forests and wildlife

28 June 16

ACF releases final election scorecard.

Cities focus is welcome, but don’t raid clean energy coffers to fund it

20 June 16

The Prime Minister’s focus on making cities greener and more efficient is welcome, but funding for the initiative should be additional, not taken from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s purse, the Australian Conservation Foundation said today.

National legal protection to stop national parks being turned into paddocks or logging coupes

16 June 16

A ‘national park trigger’ in Australia’s environment law, as proposed today by Labor, would subject commercial proposals in national parks to stronger national oversight and would be a welcome improvement, the Australian Conservation Foundation said today.

ACF welcomes Cape York land tenure boost

15 June 16

$29.6 million increased funding commitment to continue to resolve Cape York’s land tenure

Pledge to review environment laws and fund environmental defenders welcome

14 June 16

The Australian Conservation Foundation has welcomed Labor’s promise to strengthen national environmental laws and re-fund Environmental Defenders Offices.

Mine rehabilitation overhaul needed to avoid a massive toxic legacy

14 June 16

A new report highlights systemic and structural failures in the regulation of mine closure and rehabilitation in Australia and recommends the federal government set up a national inquiry to avoid the fading mining boom leaving behind a massive toxic legacy.

Dodging the issue on the Great Barrier Reef

13 June 16

The Coalition’s pledge of $1 billion over 10 years – with funding taken from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation’s $10 billion special account – to improve water quality and support clean energy projects in the reef catchment region dodges the really big threat to the reef: climate change.

Marine commitments are good news for Australia’s ocean life

09 June 16

Australia’s comprehensive national network of marine reserves which was established in 2012 – then suspended by the Abbott Government in 2013 – will be reinstated in full if Labor wins next month’s federal election.