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Senate calls for delay of NSW biodiversity land clearing scheme

Lee Rhiannon 16 Aug 2017

The Senate today passed a Greens motion to delay setting a commencement date for the NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme.

“The Total Environment Centre has raised several concerns about this scheme and we’ve been working closely with them to ensure standards are met,” said Senator Lee Rhiannon.

“The Liberal-National government has been attempting to trash biodiversity laws in NSW for years.

 “The Environmental Defender's Office NSW has argued that the new NSW scheme does not meet federal standards.

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Greens urge: Wear your heart on your lapel for real action on climate

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says a little-known creature native to tropical north Queensland should be recognised as a symbol of the serious and immediate threat to life presented by global warming.

A brooch modelled on the White Lemuroid Ringtail Possum has been unveiled today at the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) conference at James Cook University in Cairns, to raise awareness of its plight.

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Minister refuses Federal protection of Munday Swamp and important ecology near Perth airport.

Senate Question No. 0316  

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, in writing, on 19 March 2014: 

With reference to Munday Swamp located at the Perth Airport: 

(1) Why was Munday Swamp removed from the Register of the National Estate, and when did this occur? 

(2) Is the Minister aware of the outstanding indigenous and environmental heritage value of Munday Swamp and the associated bushland at Perth Airport? 

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New Greens plan to protect environment

The Australian Greens have announced a suite of new costed initiatives to protect the environment no matter who wins government.

"I don't think anyone is surprised the old parties are ignoring the environment this election," Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said.

"Tony Abbott and Kevin Rudd think it's an afterthought portfolio, making token announcements while slashing major environmental programs.

"The Greens will plug the gaping void left by the environmental vandalism of the two old parties.

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Greens work with Government to protect new species from extinction

The future is brighter for newly discovered species in Australia today, with a Senate Inquiry report into a Greens bill recommending the closure of a loophole that would prevent newly discovered animals from receiving emergency protection.

“The report recommends a middle ground between the Government’s position and the Greens’ bill, which is a welcome step towards better protecting threatened species,” Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said.

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