EPBC ACT and reforms - use the Interim Report

EPBC ACT and reforms - use the Interim Report

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Katharine Telfer started this petition to Australian federal government

Australia’s environment has greatly suffered from the Black Summer of 2019, as well as land clearing and extreme weather events.

Our natural environment is in crisis - logging, mining and climate change are polluting our environment and pushing our native animals to extinction.

Graeme Samuel’s vision for EPBC Act reform as set out in his Interim Report is the development of enforceable national environmental standards. The idea is that the Commonwealth will set standards for matters of national environmental significance (MNES), such as threatened species, Ramsar wetlands, migratory species, world and national heritage. As stated in Chapter 1 - National level protection and conservation of the environment and iconic places, “the environment and our iconic places are in decline and under increasing threat. The EPBC Act is ineffective.” The EPBC Act is dated from 1999 and needs serious consideration and reviews.

We, the people, are greatly concerned at any proposed changes to be made to the EPBC Act without proper consult from citizens as per Graeme Samuel’s survey, as well as the proposals within the Interim Report.

The Interim Report confirms that the current EPBC Act is failing to adequately deliver and protect our environment, and the Interim Report proposes that national standards are required to address desirable outcomes.

We, the people, are greatly concerned that the current EPBC Act does not include a power to create as well as enforce national standards, which are critical to ensuring well-planned processes towards any developments and maintenance for our environment.

Our desired outcome is -

We ask that the Interim Report is followed and considered as practice, in all Chapter items, and that all parliamentary meetings on the EPBC Act are completely transparent as part of a democratic process.

We ask that we have a comprehensive reform process involving field experts.

We have a full set of environmental standards and laws created to cover all agenda items in the Interim Report Appendix 1 - Prototype National Environmental Standard for Matters of National Environmental Significance.

 

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