THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Biodiversity Conservation Act has been the only thing standing between Australia’s beleagured native animals and plants and even more development destruction and pending extinctions. But its 20-year review shows it has been failing our wildlife and habitats. This ABC podcast explains why and where to from here.
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with Annabelle Quince, Keri Phillips, on Rear Vision (ABC RN)
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DEADLINE 17 APRIL:
Numbers count! However briefly, make your voices heard on behalf of a much better EPBC ACT than has currently been in place.
The ACT now is vague enough to allow ministerial interference and opinions on behalf of economic interests to trump ecological and wildlife interests. Note: the review invites arguments for self-regulation and cutting ‘green tape’.
Argue our wildlife and ecosystems need clearly-stated regulatory protection now more than ever.
AUSTRALIA’S TERRESTRIAL BIODIVERSITY IS IN CRISIS. THE CONTINENT’S UNIQUE WILDLIFE IS EXTINCT OR HEADING THERE AT WORLD-BEATING RATES.
The statutory review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) commenced on 29 October 2019. Professor Graeme Samuel AC has been appointed as the independent reviewer. The AWPC is making a joint submission with the Animal Protectors Alliance.
Submissions are due on 17 April 2020.
EPBC Act Review: Make a submission on the discussion paper