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Threatened Species Day Highlights Urgent Need for New National Environmental Laws


Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Friday, 7 September 2018

Tags: Wedge-Tailed Eagle, Threatened Species, Handfish

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Environment spokesperson

National Threatened Species Day, held every year on September 7, commemorates the death of the last Thylacine in Tasmania 72 years ago. Seven decades on and the State Government have not learned from the tragic mistakes of the past.

The Liberals are logging the habitat of the endangered Swift Parrot, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Tasmanian Devil and Giant Freshwater Crayfish in their ideologically-driven forestry agenda.

The best recovery plan the Hodgman Government could write for Tasmanian threatened species is a commitment to end logging and development in threatened species habitat.

They’re actively promoting the unchecked expansion of a salmon farm industry that puts the Maugean Skate and critically endangered Red Handfish at serious risk.

The Premier himself is formally leading the push for development in National Parks and Reserves, the very areas that were once a protected haven for threatened species. In Tasmania, it’s the Hodgman Government that is the single biggest threat to threatened species, and there’s nothing stopping them.

 

Senator Nick McKim | Greens Senator for Tasmania

ustralia’s environmental laws are weak, out of date and put the interests of corporations ahead of threatened species and their habitats.

It’s time for a new, stronger set of rules enshrined in federal legislation which prioritise the environment and threatened species ahead of corporate profits