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Latest Messages

We are cooking our earth. We have no time to lose. We need urgent action now!
b 2023-08-20 11:44:04 +1000
Please enhance bolder action on climate change
Chris 2023-08-18 02:53:08 +1000
Our country is besieged by fire and flood, our fauna and flora are being decimated and we are poisoning our air, our land and our waters. The dirty and finite resources of gas and coal continue to be prospected, and petroleum conglomerates profiteer and pollute with reckless abandon.
In the words of the great Bill Paxton as Private Hudson in the movie Aliens:
“We’re on an express elevator to hell, going down.”
Tracy 2023-08-13 04:55:02 +1000
Labor – it’s time! Now is the time to govern not only for all Australians, but for healthy natural communities and vibrant ecosystems everywhere. Please consider all living things and the planet.
Rose 2023-08-11 16:18:41 +1000
To attendees at the ALP national conference. Don’t fall for the simplistic scaremongering of the activist environmental charities. Bring in a biodiversity conservation act that allows active and adaptive management of Australia’s conservation reserves. The current wilderness worshipping lock up, neglect and incinerate threatened species to extinction, along with feral predators, are the two biggest threats to threatened and more common species. The incineration of 79% (855,310 hectares) of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in 2019-20 is not sustainable conservation reserve management.
Peter 2023-08-11 10:01:21 +1000
I don’t like to see no bulk billing down an stop immigration for pensioners an unemployed ,I’ve never seen it like this before, government must do something about inflation an overcrowding open up old permanent caravan parks for families etc for housing
Shane 2023-08-11 07:44:33 +1000
We only have planet Earth on which ALL life depends – humans, flora and fauna, on land, sea, oceans, lakes and rivers.
We have no second chance.
Bronwyn 2023-08-10 14:40:06 +1000
Labor is shamefully greenwashing the Middle Arm and Beetaloo Basin fracking, despite previously referring to it as a gas project.
The project MUST stop as must all new fossil fuel ventures to save our precious land and sea scapes and all the life in them.
Emma 2023-08-10 10:56:58 +1000
The ALP Government is so disappointing. How can FRACKING and mining of fossil fuels continue to be supported? MY GRANDCHILDREN ARE COOKED!
Michael 2023-08-09 17:09:04 +1000
Destroying these wetlands would be a shortsighted and criminal act. How can we as Australians stand up and say that we are moving towards a sustainable and environmental approach if we are to obliterate one of the worlds oldest migratory bird species?
Please stand up for nature preservation – don’t destroy this natural ecosystem. Lead by example and put a stop to this development plan. Thank you.
Susan 2023-08-09 13:46:00 +1000
I’m extremely concerned about the climate and extinction crises of our native flora and fauna because of the wanton destruction of pristine landscapes and ecosystems. They are all so precious. Any destruction creates imbalance in nature and in some cases it cannot recover. We can’t afford to keep allowing bush fires to burn uncontrolled as too much is lost. At the end of the day, it leads us humans closer to destruction. There are sites that have already been ravaged and won’t recover – use these for your ridiculously overpriced and underproductive projects to create “green” energy. Please stop destroying our native animals and the environment which they dwell in with all other valuable creatures. Find ethical and environmentally sustainable ways now. Stop lining the pockets of selfish and cold-hearted big business. Labor, make ethical and morally important decisions to create stop the bulldozing of our bush and forests, and slash emissions now so we experience fewer floods, fires and droughts fuelled by climate change.
Patricia 2023-08-09 11:32:07 +1000
I am greatly concerned that if we don’t take greater action soon to lower emissions and save our wildlife, there will be no future for our children. Looking back at the issues caused by a pandemic in which scarcity caused panic buying, it was comical because it was toilet paper and other trivial items; but what if the scarcity was from fresh food, would it be comical then? Our world is contingent on the climate being relatively predictable and our society being organised so that we all do our part to create products for others. If the climate is no longer predictable and resources can no longer provide for the needs of society, how long until it becomes disorganised then anarchical?
As the government, you all have to make choices for the good of the general public and what we need is strong rules to inhibit high emitting industries by the end of 2030 and no emissions by 2050. This may mean being unpopular in some industries that profit from practices ruining our world, but if forced to they will change and not look back (I have never met a miner wishing to go back to mining asbestos). Coal, gas and land clearing are practices that need to stop immediately or at least not expand any further. I was working in coal mining not that long ago and a lot of people who work there are worried about climate change and the fact they work in an industry that was responsible for it, but they had no where else to go and use there skills and make such good money, why not use their skills to help expand rare earth and lithium mines? For forestry workers, get them planting trees in large farming areas that could use trees for protecting their livestocks with shade and give the farmers an extra income.
There are plenty of opportunities out there for Australia to not only lead the way in becoming net-zero and providing a future for our children, but also a net-zero exporting superpower as described by Ross Garnaut in his excellent books.
Please make a greater stand against climate change, or I doubt there will be a future worth looking forward to for our children.
Matthew 2023-08-09 08:33:45 +1000
August 9, 2023

To All Labor Party Reps,
PUHLEEZE do more to protect our wonderful planet. You have the responsibility to legislate for all of the living critters who live on and in our lands.
Don’t get me started about how our seas are being ruined by the plastics we created and throw away. Thank you for reading my rant. Sincerely, Jean Norton Kangaroo Ground, Victoria
jean 2023-08-09 08:22:33 +1000
Enough is enough
Jennifer 2023-08-09 08:15:32 +1000
No new coal and gas. Help protect our country and the world for future generations
Prue 2023-08-08 20:55:52 +1000
It is heartbreaking to know that so many of our unique plants, animals and places are under threat. We can be a positive part of nature, but we need strong environmental laws to make sure this is the case.
Natalie 2023-08-08 19:55:08 +1000
Dear ALP, as bushwalker, birdwater, and lover of nature, I urge you ro enact stronger more effective laqs to protect our natural environment, and to establish an independent regulator charged with the responsibilty and authority to enforce these laws. We need this done urgently to save our rapidly disappearing natural world.
Bruce 2023-08-08 19:19:04 +1000
The time is now to make a historical difference for our future on this planet. Please demand stronger actions to be taken. Not tomorrow but today for the sake of the environment and every sentient being on this incredible planet to survive
Pamela 2023-08-08 16:39:19 +1000
James 2023-08-08 13:09:07 +1000
Act now! Be brave! If you don’t, we face extinction as every creature and organism is an essential part of the whole. We must have stronger environmental laws with a truly independent enforcer of those laws and wholesale rehabilitation of that we have damaged.
Diane 2023-08-08 12:34:51 +1000
Stop clearing forests!
Richard 2023-08-08 08:56:17 +1000
Labour, can’t you see you are moving too slow to protect us all and our planet Earth from climate change? No more coal, gas and uranium please. And strong new laws to protect our environment. Thank you.
Diana 2023-08-08 07:58:03 +1000
As a resident of Brisbane, I care deeply about the fate of Toondah Harbour, an internationally recognised Ramsar wetland, currently under threat of urbanisation, with the connivance of the Queensland government and the Redlands Shire Council. If your party has any integrity, it will stop this bizarre outrage against Nature from proceeding.
Jan 2023-08-08 07:11:45 +1000
When there’s no more trees, the rivers have dried up and wildlife is extinct.
We will realise money isn’t everything.
Kerry 2023-08-07 22:32:47 +1000
Australia punches above it’s weight in so many things, especially sport and innovation. Labor, you can show the rest of the world that Australia can punch above it’s weight in sustainability, renewable energy and fighting climate change and extinction of our precious native fauna.
Maria 2023-08-07 22:04:42 +1000
Labor, what legacy will you leave? Please let it be world leading climate action so my grandchildren and future generations can enjoy our natural world and the plants and creatures in it. We’re all in this together but they will bear the brunt if your government fails to act. Go hard. Go fast!
Jenny 2023-08-07 17:54:21 +1000
Please stand strong for our natural environment and the systems that support quality human life. Move forward together with our First Nations People following a successful ‘Yes’ Referendum and integrate their knowledge and understanding of this landscape and its systems into practical strategies that all aspects of Australian life, industry, production, horticulture/agriculture, social services, essential services, natural environmental systems conservation and protection, social justice and the economy can incorporate and include in all processes that are undertaken while working towards a truly sustainable future, moving away from our current reliance on fossil fuels and non-renewable energy sources.
Make sure that there are National Environmental Protection Laws that are applied with consistency across Australia with substantive financial and legal penalties for non-compliance, so that what is currently left of our natural environment is not further degraded and that large mature trees in cities and urban areas are given real protection with economic incentives for their preservation and maintenance of their long term vitality and health, which reflect the valuable contribution they are making to our health and well being by modifying local climates and sequestering and storing Carbon and other major pollutants that are damaging to human health and well-being. That is, by providing Environmental Benefits to us all, we cannot afford to continue to lose our large mature urban tree stock with urban infill often resulting in the complete removal of any large mature trees and constructions extending from boundary to boundary with no allowance for any green infrastructure in the new development blocks.
Protection of stands of local plant communities that provide essential habitat for all of our wildlife especially the threatened species is also critical. Development must not be allowed to continue to clear-fell/bulldoze all existing vegetation for new developments, urban and semi-rural.
We need to massively improve our city/urban green infrastructure if we hope to continue to have habitable city/urban areas for us to live in.
We are part of Nature and we need to respect and embrace that.
Mazza 2023-08-07 17:28:10 +1000
To the participants of the 2023 ALP National Conference,

As an academic and scuba diver I care deeply about our environment. Labor, please ensure strong new national laws that actually protect places like the Great Barrier Reef, and start restoring that which has been damaged. Plus an independent regulator to enforce these laws!

“I’m concerned about the climate and extinction crises because we only have ONE planet.

Labor, stop the bulldozing of our bush and forests, and slash emissions now so we experience fewer floods, fires and droughts fuelled by climate change.

With hope.
Peter 2023-08-07 17:20:34 +1000
I hoped that Labor would look after my grandchildren’s future but at the moment I don’t think that they’re doing enough.
Andrew 2023-08-07 17:04:20 +1000
All efforts must be made to save nature, wildlife, and the environment. Save our planet Earth. The discussions made today will have a great impact on tomorrow.
Meher 2023-08-07 16:30:55 +1000