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Is Minister De-listing 12 Threatened Species?

Andrea Dawkins

Andrea Dawkins  -  Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Tags: Environment, Threatened Species, Tasmanian Devil, Swift Parrot

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

Environment Minister, Matthew Groom, has not denied he intends to delist 12 native animal species from the Tasmanian List of Threatened Species.

Ignoring recommendations from the Scientific Advisory Committee last May, Mr Groom also looks set to change the status of others and refuse to approve the listing of 7 species identified as at-risk by the Committee.

When questioned this morning, the Minister did not deny the claim or offer any explanation for his refusal to implement the SAC recommendations.

Minister Groom has also reportedly delayed the release of vaccinated Tasmanian Devils, again without explanation.  

The cynic might say it was to suit his media schedule. 

At a time when we see the Minister refusing to act to protect habitat critical to Swift Parrot breeding from logging and Forestry Tasmania's intention to log coupes containing other threatened and endangered species, we have to wonder what chance our native fauna has.