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14 June 2013 - NSW moves to destroy environmental laws: The Commonwealth must act now!      


14 June 2013                                                                

Humane Society International (HSI) today expressed its extreme alarm at the announcement of further alleged “reforms” at the State level, with the NSW Government the latest to announce the streamlining of native vegetation and threatened species laws.

The New South Wales Threatened Species Conservation Act, 1995, is the strongest law of its kind in the States and Territories, and is a safeguard over the State’s unique biological diversity that must not be tampered with.

HSI’s Campaign Director Michael Kennedy said “Once again we are witnessing a State Government trampling over environmental laws which can only result in our native species and habitats suffering.”

This move comes at a time when there are plans at the Federal level to hand over environmental powers to State and Territory Governments.

It is becoming clearer by the day that State Governments are willing to do anything to make it easier for development, with no regard for the value our threatened places and wildlife provide. This latest move in NSW furthers our resolve of the clear need for federal oversight on these issues, so that the federal government retains a leadership role, especially whilst states only wish to ride roughshod over them,Mr Kennedy continued.

 “HSI once again urges the Prime Minister and Environment Minister Burke to amend the Federal environment laws so that national environment powers cannot be devolved and to introduce new national environment “triggers” for land clearing and the National Reserve System,” Mr Kennedy concluded.

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