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Protect the Laws that Protect the Places You Love      

Right now our environmental protection laws are under attack:  Protect the laws that protect the places you love

The things we love ' “ our most iconic reefs, forests, wetlands and wildlife ' “ deserve to be protected from developments that will destroy them.

However, under pressure from big business and the mining industry, governments are moving forward with an aggressive plan to wind back our environmental protection laws. In the guise of cutting ' ˜green tape' , government and industry propose to hand important federal approval powers to the states, and fast track approvals for large developments. This will remove federal protection for our most special places and wildlife, and accelerate mining and other destructive development in our forests, coasts, and rural landscapes.

These plans will roll back decades of environmental gains. We cannot stand by and let this happen.

History has shown us that the Federal Government has a critical role in protecting matters of national environmental significance. Many of these ' ˜matters' are a result of many years of work by Humane Society International (HSI), which has helped ensure our special places and wildlife are being given the protection they deserve ' “ until now. Short-sighted development proposals have threatened Australia' s natural heritage several times in the past and the Federal Government has stepped in to prevent irreversible harm. Without federal intervention, the Franklin River would be dammed, there would be oil rigs on the Great Barrier Reef and pristine Shoalwater Bay would be home to a large coal port.

This is a critical moment in time. It is essential that the Prime Minister hears community support for the laws that protect the places we love.

The most recent national State of the Environment report shows the country is going backwards in biodiversity conservation, climate change impacts, the health of our watersheds, and the protection of our public forests and woodlands. Now, more than ever, we need the Federal Government to uphold and strengthen environmental laws to safeguard Australia' s natural heritage for future generations.

We' ve come too far on environmental protection to give up now. History has shown us the power of collective community action: The environmental protections that we enjoy today were hard won, and must not be surrendered lightly.

ACTION REQUIRED: Make your Voice Heard: Email the Prime Minister and your Federal MP Today!

You can contact the Prime Minister by clicking on the following link,  Letter to Prime Minister, and ensure your voice is heard. If you prefer to write by post, feel free to use the text in this letter to adapt and make your own.

Please also contact your local Federal MP and let them know what you think of these proposed reforms, and encourage them to Protect the Places and Wildlife You Love.

Please write as soon as possible.

Please send us copies of any responses you receive.

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