National EPA Needs Strong Environment Laws To Enforce

  • Current nature laws are failing oceans, endangered species, Great Barrier Reef
  • EPA alone will not deliver on promise of zero extinctions – Albanese government must commit to full package of legislation this term
  • Labor government says it will introduce new environment laws in stages

The Albanese government’s proposed national environment protection agency must lay the groundwork for improved environmental protection this term, the Australian Marine Conservation Society said today after Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek announced the government will introduce legislation to establish Environment Protection Australia and a new environmental data division, Environment Information Australia.

AMCS Chief Executive Darren Kindleysides said: “The establishment of Environment Protection Australia and the environmental data division must lay the groundwork for stronger environmental protection in Australia that our coasts and oceans so desperately need.

“These new institutions are essential and welcome, but on their own they will not enable the government to meet its commitment to zero new extinctions. Nature can’t wait any longer for the full package of reforms.

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