WWF-Australia welcomes the Federal ALP’s announcement that, if elected, it will create a new national Environment Act and an independent national Environmental Protection Agency.
This is the most significant federal initiative in almost 20 years aimed at protecting and reversing the decline of Australia’s freshwater, land and marine environments.
“This will help ensure decisions that affect the future of Australia’s environment are free from the influence of politics and big business,” said WWF-Australia Conservation Director – Sustainable Futures, Paul Toni.
“Australians want action to address the nation’s extinction crisis and rampant forest destruction. These measures will enable the necessary long-term and cross-jurisdictional environmental planning to prevent the avoidable extinction of some of Australia’s most iconic animals and plants,” Mr Toni said.
“A truly independent EPA that bases decisions on the best available science is what Australia desperately needs. We strongly support the creation of an independent body, which will ensure that Australia’s environmental laws apply equally to all industries and sectors.”.
“These initiatives will help WWF-Australia and its more than one million supporters to have open access to information about environmental decision-making and to better hold governments and institutions to account,” Mr Toni said.
Importantly, the ALP’s commitments include ensuring the knowledge and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are central in environment protection laws, programs and policies.
WWF-Australia calls on all political parties to support these environmental measures and looks forward to working with policymakers on the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.