Protect our Parks
What do I need to know?
- National parks are vulnerable to moves by state governments to allow shooting, logging and development inside national park boundaries.
- National laws would provide a vital extra layer of protection that is desperately needed right now.
- Australia’s national parks are home to unique wildlife and their precious habitat.
- As our cities expand, national parks have become refuges critical for the survival of threatened species.
- Including National Parks under national environmental laws would mean the federal Environmental Minister would need to provide approval before environmentally damaging activities could occur.
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We love national parks!
The Australian Greens have celebrated World Environment Day by announcing a new plan to protect the country's national parks from attacks by state governments (PDF).
National parks are under threat like never before, with Queensland’s Campbell Newman opening national parks for logging and grazing; New South Wales’ Barry O’Farrell allowing shooting in national parks and Victoria’s Dennis Napthine continuing to push forcattle grazing in the Alpine National Park.
Federal Labor is all talk and no action on national parks: Tony Burke said almost two years ago that he would step in to save national parks, but he still hasn't done anything.
And an Abbott government would give state governments complete control over the national environment, letting them continue to attack national parks - and more.
The Greens are the only party that Australians can trust to care for our environment.