The Australian Greens are committed to real protection and restoration of our environment, backed up by solid investment and a plan to make Australia a climate hero, not a climate villain. The environment has been ignored by successive governments. We are seeing mass species extinction, habitat loss and the degradation of our national landscape and waterways. It is time to give the environment the protection and value it deserves.
Despite their name, National Parks are not protected by national laws. This means that they are vulnerable to moves by State governments to allow shooting, logging, grazing and development inside park boundaries. The Greens want National Parks protected by national laws.
Great Barrier Reef in peril
The Great Barrier Reef is a World Heritage icon and a national treasure. But it’s under threat like never before: 50% of its coral cover has disappeared in the past 27 years and it is now threatened by climate change, pollution, and proposals for new and expanded coal and gas ports, requiring mass dredging to accommodate large ships. Adam and the Greens have a plan to protect the Reef.
Stronger national environment laws
A new generation of environmental laws will be introduced and overseen by a federal regulatory body with expanded responsibility and with real power to enforce the law. Crucially, this national Environment Protection Agency will operate at arm's length from politicians and lobbyists.
How we treat animals is a key indicator of a caring society. Adam has introduced legislation to end live exports and will continue to pursue this in the next Parliament.