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Senate Inquiry State of Australias Environment 14th Dec

The federal government is about to roll back control over the states on environmental protection of endangered species and as we know from their current performance this is going to cause a wave of extinction.  Make a difference, and make a submission to the senate inquiry on this matter by the 14th December 2012.

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Australia is a place of incredible wealth and ecological richness. Every year we sink billions of dollars into managing threatened species and yet the gaps in effective risk management are growing. Evidence of this was detailed in the recent Auditor General's report  on the state's agencies in charge. The report concluded that the agencies, the Dept. of Primary Industries and the Dept. of Sustainability and Environment are failing in their duty of care and this has massive implications. To stop 'the second wave of extinction' somebody is going to have to take the wheel.

This mounting crisis is not simply confined to Victoria, the other states have similar problems so Commonwealth Senator Larissa Waters has successfully committed the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications to investigate. This doesn’t happen every day so everyone who has concerns, has important information or has simply borne witness to this ever growing debt to the natural environment must get involved .

MyEnvironment, Friends of the Leadbeater’s Possum, Healesville Environment Watch and Friends of Mt St Leonard are working together to get the information out to the communities. Come along and learn about what you can do, how to write a submission and listen to one of the world’s foremost experts on the marsupials of Australia - Professor David Lindenmayer.

Today, the Age hosted an opinion piece by Professor Tim Flannery, derived from the Monthly’s Quarterly Essay, on the crashing of Australia’s marsupial kingdom. The blame, he apportions, on the Commonwealth’s inaction. The Senate Sessions will explore the problems and facilitate an opportunity for the Commonwealth to align with community expectations to stop this trajectory.

We are one of the wealthiest countries in the world and yet we monitor more species into extinction than any other country on earth. The ‘extinction makers', both Labor and the Coalition, have little hope of securing the public’s faith without an intelligent policy to address this looming crisis.

Help create that policy with your submission.
Material for your submission

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Senate Inquiry points

The Senate Inquiry Covers:

The effectiveness of threatened species and ecological communities' protection in Australia, including:

(a)management of key threats to listed species and ecological communities;
 (b) development and implementation of recovery plans;
 (c) management of critical habitat across all land tenures;
 (d) regulatory and funding arrangements at all levels of government;
 (e) timeliness and risk management within the listings processes;
 (f) the historical record of state and territory governments on these matters; and
 (g) any other related matter.

The effectiveness of threatened species and ecological communities' protection in Australia

  1. Information about the Inquiry 
  2. Terms of Reference 
  3. Getting involved in Committee inquiries 
  4. Upload Submission Online 
  5. Submissions Received 

Submissions should be received by 14 December 2012 . The reporting date is 07 February 2013 .

The Committee is seeking written submissions from interested individuals and organisations preferably in electronic form submitted  online click here or sent by email to as an attached Adobe PDF or MS Word format document. The email must include full postal address and contact details.

Alternatively, written submissions may be sent to:

Committee Secretary:
 Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
 PO Box 6100
 Parliament House
 Canberra ACT 2600