Our laws fail nature. The government’s plan to overhaul them looks good, but crucial detail is yet to come

Thu, 29 Dec 2022 19:57:36 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"The Albanese government has just released its long-awaited response to a
scathing independent review of Australia’s environment protection law. The 2020
review ultimately found the laws were flawed, outdated and, without fundamental
reform, would continue to see plants and animals go extinct.

The extent to which the government implements the review’s 38 recommendations
to strengthen the laws will determine the fate of many species and ecosystems –
so, how did it go?

As biodiversity conservation experts, we find the plan to be promising. For
example, federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek pledged to establish an
independent environmental protection agency to be “a tough cop on the beat”.

But some uncertainty remains, and there is also a lot of important detail still
to be worked through."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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