We cannot stand by and let this happen.
Recently Environment Minister, Tony Burke, took a step in the right direction and recognised the need for federal oversight of the proposed Alpha Coal Project in Queensland—calling the State’s handling of the environmental assessment a ‘shambolic joke’. This is a perfect example of how State governments do not assess development proposals in the national interest and federal powers are needed to protect our iconic natural areas.
Yet at the June 13 Brisbane economic forum, Prime Minister Gillard reaffirmed her commitment to move forward with the ‘green tape’ plan.
At this critical moment in time, it is essential that the Prime Minister hear community support for robust environmental protection laws—make a call to the PM’s office today.
In NSW, the Pilliga forest is under threat from a proposed coal seam gas field stretching across 85,000 hectares of publicly owned forest. The NSW Government has expressed their support for this proposal with little regard to the national benefits that Pilliga provides in critical wildlife habitat, watershed protection and tourism opportunities. Now more than ever we need the federal government to uphold and strengthen environmental assessment standards to protect our environment.
A direct phone call is one of the most powerful ways we can tell our decision makers what we want.
Yes, a call can be a little daunting. But it really is as easy as leaving a quick message with their office receptionist. And your call will get their attention. If they try to refer you to the Environment Minister, politely but firmly explain that the Prime Minister is leading this process and your message is for her office.
Phone call talking points:
- Tell them your name and where you are from.
- You have read that the federal government is seeking to wind back federal environmental protection laws under the guise of cutting ‘green tape’.
- Australia needs stronger not weaker environmental laws and the federal government should not be handing over matters of national environmental significance to the state governments.
- Historically, the federal government has had to step in to stop state governments from moving ahead with damaging, short-sighted development proposals. It is critical there are checks and balances in place to protect Australian natural places and wildlife from big developers.
Please call now:
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Canberra office: (02) 6277 7700
Email: Please fill in this email form
We’ve come too far on environmental protection to give up now. Please call the Prime Ministers office today. History has shown us the power of collective community action. The environmental protections that we enjoy today were hard won, and will not be surrendered lightly.