Environment & Biodiversity

The Greens were founded on the vision of a robust and healthy environment, and that vision continues today. We are working hard to promote environmental values in Parliament and protect our unique wildlife and wild places.

The 2011 State of the Environment report (SoE) shows Australia’s biodiversity on land and sea in alarming decline.

The Greens successfully negotiated the $946 million Biodiversity Fund as part of the Clean Energy Future Package, funding communities to restore bushland and native habitats and reduce the impacts of weeds and feral animals.

The Greens are pursuing reforms to our national environmental laws to urgently protect threatened species and to make sure our iconic areas, like the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, are protected for future generations.

We need environment laws that work to stop the biodiversity crisis, save our threatened species, and protect our precious places.  Sign up to find out more about our work to fix our environment laws.


Greens push for state cash-for-container scheme and announce national scheme for if state government fails to deliver

20 May 2016

The Greens are calling on the state government to establish a cash-for-container scheme and have announced a national scheme to be established should the state government fail to act to protect the Gold Coast’s beaches from plastic pollution. 


Greens condemn witch-hunt against voices for nature

04 May 2016

The Greens condemn the politically motivated witch hunt against the voices for nature in the government's recommendations in the House of Representatives tax-deductibility for environment organisations inquiry report. 


Qld Labor’s inaction on a dump levy stinks

29 Feb 2016

The Queensland Labor Government must urgently re-introduce a waste management levy to stop Queensland being treated as a dumping ground by other states.


Liberal Government watering down environmental conditions for mining mates

23 Jan 2016

Revelations today that the Liberal Government has watered down the environmental conditions of 21 projects, including coal mines, in the past nine months are incredibly concerning.



Turnbull Government ignores experts and community in push to stifle enforcement of environment law

18 Nov 2015

The government-dominated Senate Inquiry into the government’s bill to limit public enforcement of environment law has ignored community opposition, scientific evidence and legal advice by recommending the bill in its report today. 


Proxy vote shows Senate for public enforcement of environment law

11 Nov 2015

The Senate has voted down a Turnbull Government motion in support of its bill to limit who can take the government to court when it breaks environment law.


Turnbull takes Abbott’s axe to World Heritage, water and endangered species

11 Nov 2015

The Australian Greens are urging the cross-bench Senators to continue to block the Turnbull Government's plan to give all federal environmental approval powers to state or even local governments.


Minister Lynham wants to make himself the judge, jury and executioner of Land Court cases

06 Nov 2015

The Palaszczuk Government's reported plans to give the Minister more power to influence the outcomes of mining disputes in the Land Court and stifle community rights to uphold environment law are an attack on democracy.  

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