Dear Minister, 

Firstly, I would like to thank you for your honest acknowledgement of the poor and declining state of our environment at your National Press Club launch of the 2021 State of the Environment report. 

Like you said in your speech, too much habitat has been cleared and too many ecosystems and species are under threat. We need this report to be a turning point for our national answer to environmental protection. 

I am writing to urge you to make this moment a line in the sand. 

We need legislation that will stymie species extinction and halt any further habitat destruction. New standards should ensure the habitats of threatened species should be entirely ring fenced to protect what remains from any further decline. 

Your government has promised strong National Environment Standards and an independent Environmental Protection Agency. These will be crucial in turning things around for nature. 

I am looking forward to your swift action in setting clear objectives for the standards that offer the utmost protection for the environment, and work to repair the declines we have already seen in wildlife and habitats. 

Yours sincerely, 

 

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