Environment

Heritage protection an all-round failure

The Minister needs to explain how from now going forward, if ever traditional owner calls her office, it doesn’t end up being a case of them being told you will get a phone call back from an advisor who’s on leave, who doesn’t get contacted, who never makes that phone call.

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Government has no credibility on environment

We cannot keep putting our environment, our native plants and animals, into profit-yielding stress positions in the name of striking a ‘balance’. We’re in a situation of stark imbalance right now. And it’s getting worse.

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Third time unlucky – still no funds applied to waste crisis

Almost a year since it was revealed that the Morrison Government’s signature election funding commitments on waste and recycling had gone nowhere, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has again confirmed in Senate Estimates that the so-called $100m Recycling Investment Fund (RIF), which was simply re-labelled CEFC funding, has not advanced a single dollar.

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Recycling and Waste Reduction Bills 2020

It’s easy to pretend that waste is not a massive environmental problem and a massive market failure. And to pretend that in any case, we’ll deal with it by a few nifty innovations, by asking business nicely, and perhaps, in some cases, treating business to a few stern words of encouragement. But we also know what’s hard. And what is hard is to plan and deliver serious and meaningful progress through reform on a national scale, because that requires leadership and action at the national level. And it means substantial change to the way we do things now.

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It’s the waste that needs recycling, not the announcements

The truth is that plucking numbers out of the air is easy. Making the changes required to address Australia’s waste crisis requires leadership, effective policy, and programs that are actually implemented.

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Budget fails the environment

It is startling that despite racking up a trillion dollars in debt the Government has failed to address the biodiversity crisis which threatens our precious natural environment and our prosperity.

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Morrison Government slow on jobs once again

Labor notes today’s announcement of $33 million in Commonwealth funding towards conservation works at world and national heritage-listed sites across Australia.

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Minister blames staff for failures over Juukan Gorge tragedy

Labor is calling on the Minister to provide a full explanation to the Australian people about what she knew and when, and why she appears to have no process in place for exercising emergency intervention powers.

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National leadership on waste crisis still missing

The current “leave it to the states” approach means that we aren’t protecting our environment or giving the waste industry the opportunity to expand and grow jobs to reach the scale needed for a modern recycling industry with matched manufacturing capacity.

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Morrison is sweeping the extinction crisis under the COVID-19 carpet

Cuts, mismanagement and cluelessness by this government have left Australia ill-equipped to preserve and protect our beloved national icons.

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