Our environment needs national protection
On 16 June 2014, the House of Representatives passed a bill to facilitate the hand-off of federal environmental powers, including giving protection for water from coal seam gas back to the very state governments who let CSG run rampant in the first place.
If Tony Abbott's bill passes the Senate, it would put the states or even local governments in charge of our most precious environmental icons. Environmental standards would drop and the fox would be in charge of the hen house. The Greens will do everything we can to stop that happening - will you help us?
Federal environmental approval powers have been in place for more than 30 years and saved the Reef from being scarred with oil rigs in the Bjelke-Petersen era.
Without that federal layer of scrutiny for our most important environmental assets, there would be little to stand in the way of wide-spread environmental destruction for the sake of private profits.
In Queensland - my home state - this would mean no more federal environmental oversight to protect the Great Barrier Reef, just wall-to-wall Campbell "we're in the coal business" Newman. He is the last person that should be entrusted with complete control over the future of our precious species and places.
The Greens will fight Tony's Abbott's attack on environmental protections with everything we have, in the Senate, in the media, and in the community, but we're going to need your help.
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