Stop Abbott's Attack on the Environment

Prime Minister Abbott is pushing ahead with his destruction plans to leave national icons like the Great Barrier Reef in the hands of his environmentally reckless state cronies.

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.

We need you to help us get the message out. As a first step, please sign this petition and share it with your friends to support the places and species across Australia that are too precious to lose.

The big miners and developers are expecting to get everything they want from Tony Abbott. But they haven't counted on the strength of the community when we fight together. Please get on board as the campaign to save Australia's internationally acclaimed environment ramps up!

The Greens will fight this proposal with everything we have, in the Parliament, in the media, and in the community, but we're going to need your help.

The Greens want to strengthen environmental protection.

Our environment is under attack like never before.

Tasmania's incredible Tarkine rainforest is under threat from mining. Our national parks are at risk from logging, shooting and grazing. Our iconic Great Barrier Reef is becoming a highway for coal and gas shipping. Even our beloved koala and Tasmanian devil are facing extinction, and logging has reduced Victoria's state emblem, the Leadbeater's possum, to less than a thousand in the wild.  We need to act now to save our precious places and wildlife.

Tony Abbott wants to make our environment laws even weaker

If we had given state governments' sole control of national environment law in the past, the Franklin River would be dammed, there would be oil rigs in the Great Barrier Reef, cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park and Traveston Dam would have gone ahead.

We can't leave protecting Australia's environment up to the states.

The Greens offered to work with Labor to stop this from happening, through a Greens bill, motions, and amendments to Abbott-proof our national environmental laws. But Labor refused every time, leaving Labor complicit in Tony Abbott's plan to remove key federal veto powers over destructive development.

We can stop this together. We need to stand together as a community to strengthen our environment's protection, not weaken it.

The Greens are a strong, alternative voice in Parliament.

The Greens will stand up against Tony Abbott's plan to hand off national environment law to the states.

Together we can protect what we love about Australia. Now and into the future.

Community campaigns to stop the hand off of federal environment powers to state governments have been successful in the past. By building a strong community campaign, we can stand up for strong national environment protections. To take the first step in this campaign, sign the petition here.

Too Precious To Lose: Principles to Protect Australia's Environment

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