Category Archive: Law Reform

Tree Clearing Laws (Qld)

Public Forums – Cairns and Mareeba CAFNEC, EDO NQ and ACF would like to invite all members of the public to attend one of the public forums being held in both Cairns and Mareeba to ask questions about, and hear the case for supporting, the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016. WHEN:  …

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Update on ‘One Stop Shop’ – weakening of our environmental protection laws

On October 18th, 2013, the Federal and Queensland Governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which is the first step of the process to create a ‘one stop shop’ for environmental approvals.  This is a worrying move which would significantly weaken our important environment protect laws. The bilateral agreement will accredit state planning systems under …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/11/27/update-on-one-stop-shop-weakening-of-our-environmental-protection-laws/

Federal election environment scorecard

Are you wondering where our local Federal election candidates stand on environment issues?
We asked the candidates in Leichhardt a few questions to find out, and have created a scorecard to compare them.

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/08/29/federal-election-environment-scorecard/

MEDIA RELEASE “Taking the axe to Queensland’s tree clearing laws” not such a bright idea

24 April 2013 The Newman government is proposing amendments to the Vegetation Management Framework that would reduce protection of our native vegetation and allow the clearing of an estimated 700,000 hectares of Queensland’s endangered and ecologically significant forests and woodlands. “The proposed Vegetation Management Framework Amendment Bill causes us to have serious concerns about the …

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Proposed amendments to the Vegetation Management Act put Queensland biodiversity at risk

April 2013 The Newman Government is proposing amendments to the Vegetation Management Act 1999 that will mean: Clearing applications could now be made for ‘additional relevant purposes’ of high value agricultural clearing and irrigated high value agricultural clearing. This would mean that north Queensland would be exposed to extensive clearing for agricultural purposes, with adverse …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/04/22/proposes-amendments-to-the-vegetation-management-act-put-queensland-biodiversity-at-risk/

Groups demand Queensland’s Federal MPs retain protection of the State’s environment

Media Release from Queensland Conservation Council 5 December 2012 Queensland’s state and regional conservation groups meeting in Brisbane today have demanded that Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan and other Queensland Labor MPs act to prevent the handing over of environmental approval powers to the States. The so-called “slashing green tape” agenda is being considered at …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2012/12/06/groups-demand-queenslands-federal-mps-retain-protection-of-the-states-environment/

Sir David Attenborough urges Prime Minister not to abandon national environment powers

23 November 2012 Today, 33 United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Laureates (elected to the UNEP Global 500 Roll of Honour in recognition of outstanding practical achievement in the protection of the environment) delivered Prime Minister Gillard a letter urging her not to abandon national environmental protection and devolve powers to state and territory Governments. …

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Take action – Protect the Places You Love

The government is planning to hand over environmental approval powers to the states through COAG, thereby weakening our environmental law reforms, and threatening unique Australian ecosystems and species. This would mean project approvals could occur without federal oversight. Unfortunately, the states can’t be trusted to look after the environment. State governments have a track record …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2012/11/14/take-action-environmental-law-reforms/

Protect the Laws

In mid-August CAFNEC and other peak environment groups launched a campaign calling on the Prime Minister to abandon a plan to weaken Australia’s system of environmental laws. The plan, driven by demands from the Business Council of Australia (BCA) and state governments to fast track development approvals, would effectively mean project approval could occur without federal oversight. As CAFNEC supporters would be …

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