In the news: September 2020
It’s all about this
Property developer complained to John Barilaro about NSW koala protection policy
By Ben Smee and Anne Davies, The Guardian. 16 September 2020
‘We are relying on a pinky promise’: The problem with the Government moving its environmental powers to states
As the NSW Government descends into chaos over koala protections, the Federal Government is in a scramble trying to hand over its environmental powers to the states.
Just over a month ago — perhaps an eternity in the political news cycle — Environment Minister Sussan Ley welcomed a landmark review into our national environment laws by reaching across the aisle.
By Michael Slezak, ABC News. 13 September 2020.
Blood sports favoured — in British Royal child-rearing it’s traditional
… learning to chase animals and kill them, as Prince George is also doing, age seven? Reports suggest this veteran — he started at five — has again joined his family on a grouse shoot near Balmoral.
By Catherine Bennett, The Guardian. 6 September 2020
WWF report finds 71pc decline in koala numbers across northern NSW bushfire-affected areas
The study was commissioned by the WWF (previously known as World Wildlife Fund) for Nature Australia and chief executive Dermot O’Gorman said the findings are devastating.
By Kirstie Wellauer and Kerrin Thomas, ABC News. 6 September 2020
Australia’s environment minister orders investigation into export of hundreds of endangered parrots
The environment minister, Sussan Ley, has appointed an auditor to investigate her own department over the export of hundreds of native and endangered parrots to Germany over a three-year period.
By Lisa Cox, The Guardian. 4 September 2020.
Crossbenchers furious after Government shuts down debate on environmental protection laws
The Federal Government has been compared to the North Korean autocracy by furious crossbench MPs, who were denied a chance to speak on environment laws in Parliament this afternoon.
The Government used its numbers this evening to pass legislation that would streamline environmental approval processes by handing powers from federal authorities to states and territories.
By Jordan Hayne, ABC News. 4 September 2020.
Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards ceremony goes digital
Most of us humans have spent a fair bit of time at home lately.
But while we’ve all been inside, the animal kingdom’s circle of life keeps on turning — and some of the beauty of it has been captured by talented snappers in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
By ABC News. 3 September 2020.
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research study finds honeybee venom rapidly kills aggressive breast cancer cells
Venom from honeybees has been found to rapidly kill aggressive and hard-to-treat breast cancer cells, according to potentially groundbreaking new Australian research.
By Nicolas Perpitch, ABC News. 1 September 2020.