Queensland Greens Senator and spokesperson for the environment Andrew Bartlett is calling for an urgent overhaul of national environmental laws.
“Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act the federal government has the power to put land on the national critical habitat register, says Senator Bartlett.
“It doing so it can act to protect the habitat of endangered species.
“A new report today shows it has failed to do this ONCE in the past ten years.
“If the current trend continues 3m hectares of untouched forest will be cleared in the next 12 years.
“1 million hectares of native bush and forest has already been cleared in Queensland over the past four years.
“We need an urgent and comprehensive overhaul of our national environment laws and a government that’s willing to apply them”.