Review announced in the face of extinction crisis

By : Humane Society International October 29, 2019

Humane Society International (HSI) has today welcomed the launch of the 20 year review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

HSI has a long association with the EPBC Act from the initial negotiations which led to the passage of the Act, and in the 20 years since HSI has campaigned for the Act to be properly implemented, enforced and funded for the benefit of Australia's wildlife.

"This statutory review comes at a critical time as Australia faces an extinction crisis. It is essential that this opportunity is used to develop stronger laws that will deliver improved environmental outcomes”, said HSI's Senior Campaign Manager, Alexia Wellbelove.

"The science is clear. We need to take urgent action to stop the extinction crisis and this review provides a vital opportunity for science to prevail over politics. We need to ensure that our laws can tackle the unprecedented threats facing our environment to allow our precious wildlife and habitat to thrive.

"HSI looks forward to making a substantial contribution to this review and will be calling for a major investment in funding and strong leadership to accompany new laws and put the extinction crisis in reverse, concluded Ms Wellbelove.

The EPBC review will be Chaired by Graeme Samuel AC.


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  1. Avatar Ingrid Saywell says:

    Greatest problem with the epa act is that there is no sunset clause. For example, koalas to memory were designated a threatened species march 2012. Everyone knew it was coming up and there was a rush to get half baked development applications in so they were not subject to the legislation. Now it's end of 2019 and some of these applications are still in play. If a development is not substantially commenced within, say 3-5years of the application being lodged, it should fall u der the environmental protection legislation and if necessary become dead in the water. Koalas are even more endangered now than they were in 2012!