On tomorrow to move that the house –
1. Recognise National Threatened Species Day, which occurred on the 7th September, commemorating the anniversary of the death of the last known Thylacine in 1936.
2. Agree that urgent action is required to ensure the survival of many species under threat in Tasmania, including the Eastern Quoll, the Swift Parrot and the Tasmanian Devil.
3. Note the Eastern Quoll is still yet to be listed as endangered by the government, and the Save the Devil program is so short of funding its steering committee has not met in at least two years.
4. Note the government’s threatened species unit has had significant reductions to its staff and its capacity to assist with their protection, with the unit cut from 15 FTE to 2.8 FTE staff.
5. Note the Liberals proposal to increase penalties for killing threatened species is simply a token effort at protecting Tasmania’s flora and fauna, and is at odds with many other Liberal policies which directly threaten our plants and animals, such as their contentious forest logging policies and their goal to open 4wd tracks in the Takayna/Tarkine.
6. Recognise the ongoing efforts of the Tasmanian Greens, who consistently stand for threatened species in Tasmania, and who will continue to advocate for outcomes that recognise the value to Tasmania of our precious flora and fauna.