HSI welcomes ALP commitment to a new National Parks “trigger” in Commonwealth law
Humane Society International (HSI) today congratulated the Australian Labor Party for its commitment to include a new "National Parks” trigger in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1999 (EPBC Act).
HSI Campaign Director Michael Kennedy said today, "In February this year, HSI presented all political parties with a list of key amendments required to the Commonwealth's EPBC Act that included proposals for new MNES triggers (Matters of National Environmental Significance) for 'National Reserve System Areas', 'Major Land-Clearing that Threatens Biodiversity', 'Major Greenhouse Emitting Activities', and 'Ecosystems of National Importance'. The ALP has now committed to introduce all but the last of these new "trigger” proposals.”
Mr Kennedy continued, "But these initiatives will require some immediate and significant amendments to the EPBC Act if they are to work in the desired fashion to protect Australia's diminishing biological diversity. These requirements are laid out in the key amendments proposal link above.”
"The Coalition Government must also embrace these essential environmental reforms and commit to retaining all Commonwealth environment powers, dumping their proposal to devolve such powers to the states and territories.”
"Other "triggers” that must be endorsed by all political parties include: vulnerable ecological communities; dam building; biodiversity hotspots; wetlands of national importance; all listed species and ecological community critical habitats, and Australia's remaining wild rivers," Mr Kennedy concluded.
HSI has also been working with the Places You Love Alliance and its 40 member conservation organisations to promote 'next generation' national environment laws.