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Greens koala inquiry decision to determine fate of species

Wild koala populations are rapidly diminishing and the iconic Australian species needs urgent protection under national environment laws, the Australian Greens said today.

A senate inquiry initiated by the Greens has examined the mounting evidence and recommended that the koala be considered for listed as a vulnerable species in areas of significant population decline, with the Environment Minister Tony Burke due to make his decision by next Monday.

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Old parties collude to launch assault on environment

The Labor and Coalition parties are locked in a race to the bottom to shed responsibility for protecting Australia’s environment and clear the way for big business in their greed for short-term mining profits, the Australian Greens said today.

“George Orwell would be impressed by Tony Abbott claiming to be a conservationist while launching an assault on our country’s environmental protection laws, but people really don’t like two-faced politicians who say one thing while doing another,” Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, said.

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Australian wildlife moving closer to extinction

The State of the Environment report released yesterday reveals that most of Australia’s plants and animals are on the path to extinction, Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said today.

The report also acknowledged from the outset that the environment was a national issue that required national leadership.

“The call for national leadership is completely at odds with the Federal Government’s intention to delegate many environmental protection powers to the states,” Senator Waters said.

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