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Senate Inquiry report recommends Abbott Government reverse completely de-funding Environmental Defenders Offices

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Larissa Waters 23 Jun 2015

The Senate Inquiry into the Abbott Government's attacks on the environment has reported this afternoon with recommendations to reinstate funding for Environmental Defenders' Offices and conservation projects.

In Additional Comments, the Australian Greens recommended the government abandon its ideological attack on the deductible gift recipient status of environment organisations.

The Greens also recommended the Abbott Government remove its gag clauses in funding agreements with environment organisations.

"The Abbott government has launched an insidious attack on the voices of the environment which not only threatens our precious places and wildlife, but also the fabric of our democracy. 

"Australians care about our environment and understand its importance. One in five Australians donate to environment or animal welfare groups. 

"More than 1000 members of the public made submissions to this inquiry, as well as environment groups, academics, unions and renewable energy organisations.

"The submissions and hearings made clear the invaluable role of environment groups, especially Environmental Defenders' Offices at a time with the Abbott Government is inflicting so many environmental attacks.

"Frequently government enforcement of environmental laws is under-resourced and overlooked, so the role of the community in enforcing laws is all the more important.

"It's outrageous that the Abbott Government has cut all funding to EDOs for the first time in the 18 year history of federal funding and, as the Senate Inquiry recommends, this must be reversed," Senator Waters said.

Link to the Committee report here: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Environment_and_Communications/Ausenviron/Report

Link to the Australian Greens Additional Comments here: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Environment_and_Communications/Ausenviron/Report/d02

 

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