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Federal Budget 2016: Natural Heritage and Biodiversity Crisis Ignored

4 May 2016

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Rosalie Woodruff MP to move—

That the House:—

(1)           Recognises that we are part of nature and that when we harm the ecosystems we depend upon that we necessarily harm ourselves.

(2)           Notes that the Federal Treasurer, Hon Scott Morrison MP wants to claim the Federal Budget as an economic plan for extraordinary times, but that he failed to mention the environment once.

(3)           Acknowledges that in addition to the energy crisis, transport crisis, and health crisis, Tasmania is in the grips of a biodiversity crisis, with the majority of plants, animals and other organisms of our natural heritage now in dire straits.

(4)           Notes that diverse ecosystems reduce stress and disease in the community, they provide clean air and water, they provide food and pollination services and they help regulate our climate and provide a natural defence against floods.

(5)           Understands the world economy is losing $73 billion a year through lost ecosystem services, and that this is predicted to increase to a loss of $20.4 trillion per year by 2050 if action is not taken now.

(6)           Recognises that despite biodiversity’s immense value, Tasmania’s natural heritage continues to be eroded at an alarming rate by population growth, climate change, ocean acidification, land clearing and invasive species.

(7)           Calls on the Government to place these threats to our Natural Heritage high on their political agenda and to provide the necessary funding to begin to address the biodiversity crisis that their Federal Liberal colleagues have ignored.