A major report excoriated Australia’s environment laws. Sussan Ley’s response is confused and risky

Thu, 4 Feb 2021 05:15:08 +1100

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

Andrew Pam

"It’s official: Australia’s natural environment and iconic places are in
deep trouble. They can’t withstand current and future threats, including
climate change. And the national laws protecting them are flawed and
badly outdated.

You could hardly imagine a worse report on the state of Australia’s
environment, and the law’s capacity to protect it, than that released
yesterday. The review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity
(EPBC) Act, by former competition watchdog chair Professor Graeme
Samuel, did not mince words. Without urgent changes, most of Australia’s
threatened plants, animals and ecosystems will become extinct.

Federal environment minister Sussan Ley released the report yesterday
after sitting on it for three months. And she showed little sign of
being spurred into action by Samuel’s scathing assessment.

Her response was confusing and contradictory. And the Morrison
government seems hellbent on pushing through its preferred reforms
without safeguards that Samuel says are crucial."

        *** 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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