One of the most important environmental decisions ever to be made in Australia will take place on December 7, 2012 at the COAG (Council of Australian Governments) meeting of Australian governments.
The Commonwealth Government, responding to pressure by the Business Council of Australia, wants to wind back the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and fast-track the transfer of federal approval powers to state governments.
This would make it easier for business and industry to get development proposals approved, reducing so called ‘Green Tape’.
Protecting our wild places and native animals is not ‘green tape,’ Our iconic wildlife and environment are under greater pressure and threat than ever before. We need to strengthen rather than weaken environmental protection laws.
On many occasions, including the notorious proposals to dam the Franklin River or to re-introduce cattle grazing into Alpine National Parks, the Federal Government has stepped in to prevent state governments from carrying out environmentally damaging projects, and to ensure the protection of our unique landscapes and wildlife.
Please join the campaign to stop these important powers being handed to state governments with anti-environmental credentials
and sign the petition http://www.change.org/petitions/keep-key-environmental-protection-powers-with-the-commonwealth
Go to YOUR FORESTS to write to members of the Business Council of Australia.