26 June 2018
Notice of Motion
I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move that the Senate –
(a) Notes that
(i) over 36 000 hectares have been earmarked to be bulldozed in catchments flowing into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park under permits brought in under the previous Liberal National Party government in Queensland;
(ii) this includes the proposal to clear almost 2000 hectares of pristine forest on the Kingvale property on Cape York;
(iii) the Commonwealth government has the power under the federal Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act to decide whether or not this and other clearing in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park catchments should proceed;
(iv) Australian government commitments to strengthen controls to protect bushland in Great Barrier Reef catchments was a key factor in convincing the World Heritage Committee not to place the Great Barrier Reef on the ‘In Danger’ list, and
(v) four major Australian environmental organisations have now written to the United Nations calling for an urgent investigation into the Turnbull government’s failure to protect the Great Barrier Reef from the impacts of deforestation.
(b) Calls on the federal Minister for the Environment to act immediately to ensure deforestation in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park catchments is properly controlled And ensuring that any clearing proposals are rigorously considered to the highest standards under the law.
Senator Andrew Bartlett