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Call for Hodgman Liberal Government to Reject Committee Recommendation on DGR Status for Environmental Groups

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 5 May 2016

Tags: Environment, Mining, Coal Mining, Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Tasmanian Devil

That the House:—

(1)           Notes recommendations from the House of Representatives Environmental Standing Committee that environmental groups carry out 25% of their activities in remediation works if they are to qualify for deductible gift recipient (DGR) status.

(2)           Recognises that this recommendation has been pushed by the mining industry who seeks to silence advocates for the environment when they get in the way of commercial interests.

(3)           Acknowledges that:—

(a)           there are a number of groups with DGR status, or future groups that want to apply for DGR status, that would have no remediation work or would find it very difficult to prove the 25 per cent target; and

(b)           protecting the environment is about much more than planting trees, and that campaigns to help protect places like Kakadu, the Franklin River and the Great Barrier Reef, and stop massive coal mines, are equally if not more important.

(4)           Further recognises that it has been due to the work of environmental activists, including their protests and the national awareness they raised, that major environmental disasters have been prevented, including the logging of the World Heritage Area and the damning of the Franklin River, widely considered our greatest natural and economic assets.

(5)           Questions why groups that form to protect Tasmanian Devils, but don't actually feed or nurture those animals, will be denied tax deductibility status.

(6)           Agrees that environment groups should be free to pursue a range of activities, from scrutinising policies and laws, to challenging planning decisions and being a public voice for the environment that sustains us all.

(7)           Calls on the Hodgman Liberal Government to immediately stand up for the environment of Tasmania and the environmental groups that work to protect it, and advocate to reverse this ideological and destructive decision.