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Victorian faunal emblem faces extinction

Media Release
Richard Di Natale 12 Sep 2012

The Australian Greens today said that the resignation of respected ecologist David Lindenmayer over government inaction to protect Victoria’s faunal emblem the Leadbeaters possum is a huge wake up call for the Victorian government.

“Australia has one of the poorest records in the world when it comes to loss of biodiversity and species extinction,” said Dr Richard Di Natale, Greens Senator for Victoria.

“The 2009 forest fires followed by rampant clear fell logging will be a death sentence for Victoria’s faunal emblem. If Victoria doesn’t reduce its rampant clear fell logging the Leadbeaters Possum will be condemned to extinction.

“The Australian Greens call on the Victorian Government to heed the message of Professor Lindenmayer and wind back its logging operations in the areas of Leadbeaters habitat.”

“The sad story of Leadbeaters possum is a perfect example of what happens when the federal government hands over environmental powers to the states,” Australian Greens environment spokesperson, Senator Larissa Waters, said.

“Instead of stepping in to stop these forests from being trashed, federal Environment Minister Tony Burke is intent on handing even more of his environment powers to state governments with a proven record of environmental destruction.

“It’s clear we can’t trust the states to protect our endangered wildlife, and we can’t trust the Australian Labor government to protect our environment unless they reverse this disastrous hand off of environment responsibilities.”

Senator Di Natale media contact: Andrew Blyberg 0457 901 600
Senator Waters media contact: Elissa McKay 0419 626 725

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