June 30, 2020

008 Australia's Environment & Biodiversity Protection Shambolic Disaster with Dr Peter Burnett

008 Australia's Environment & Biodiversity Protection Shambolic Disaster with Dr Peter Burnett

An expert view on how government has failed our threatened birds and other species for more than a decade.


It's a special episode! Assoc. Prof. Dr. Perter Burnett from the Australian National University tells me about the calamitous failures of the administration of Australia's environment laws, as reported by the Australian National Audit Office, in this report from the Auditor-General, "Referrals, Assessments and Approvals of Controlled Actions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999"

After 20 years working in government managing and reviewing environment policy, this report shocked him.  It's no wonder our threatened species have fared so badly over the last decade.

Pay special attention to Peter's comments about the major tool of the department in this policy area, offsets!

Read Peter's article from The Conversation here.

Honour Roll - You have to give credit where credit is due! It's NSW environment minister, Matt Kean, who purchased Narriearra station in the state’s far north-west, for a new national park. As mentioned in The Guardian, "The area includes wetlands listed as nationally significant and is home to at least 27 threatened species, including almost 90% of the endangered grey grasswren’s habitat and breeding areas."  Hooray!

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/27/nsw-makes-record-land-purchase-for-new-national-park

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