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Make a submission to the Australian Senate 

 

Send in your opinion and feedback to the Australian Senate's Inquiry into Australia's faunal extinction crisis. 

Our collective voices are powerful, and by using them, we’ve made our elected representatives listen. 

The Australian Senate has referred Australia’s faunal extinction crisis to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report and is calling for the public's opinion and feedback. 

The Inquiry is huge news for our birds and shows that those in power are starting to take the extinction crisis seriously. 

Australia's national environmental laws are failing to protect and conserve Australia's biodiversity.  Over 2,000 species and ecological communities, including over 200 native birds, are listed as threatened with extinction. The list of threatened species continues to grow while threats increase. Our laws must change to protect our birds, wildlife and landscapes. 

The scope of the Inquiry is wide and may seem daunting, but we have provided a simple guide that you can use as a template to submit your opinion, focusing on three key points: 

  1. the ongoing decline in the population and conservation status of Australia's nearly 500 threatened fauna species;

  2. the international and domestic obligations of the Commonwealth Government in conserving threatened fauna; 

  3. the adequacy of Commonwealth environment laws, including but not limited to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, in providing sufficient protections for threatened fauna and against key threatening processes; 

This is simply a guide.  Please provide your feedback to any or all of the 12 points listed below.  For reference, you can look to our report Restoring the Balance: The Case for a New Generation of Australian Environmental Laws or the work of The Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law. 

Australia's faunal extinction crisis, including: 

  1. the ongoing decline in the population and conservation status of Australia's nearly 500 threatened fauna species; 

  2. the wider ecological impact of faunal extinction; 

  3. the international and domestic obligations of the Commonwealth Government in conserving threatened fauna; 

  4. the adequacy of Commonwealth environment laws, including but not limited to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, in providing sufficient protections for threatened fauna and against key threatening processes; 

  5. the adequacy and effectiveness of protections for critical habitat for threatened fauna under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999; 

  6. the adequacy of the management and extent of the National Reserve System, stewardship arrangements, covenants and connectivity through wildlife corridors in conserving threatened fauna; 

  7. the use of traditional knowledge and management for threatened species recovery and other outcomes as well as opportunities to expand the use of traditional knowledge and management for conservation; 

  8. the adequacy of existing funding streams for implementing threatened species recovery plans and preventing threatened fauna loss in general; 

  9. the adequacy of existing monitoring practices in relation to the threatened fauna assessment and adaptive management responses; 

  10. the adequacy of existing assessment processes for identifying threatened fauna conservation status; 

  11. the adequacy of existing compliance mechanisms for enforcing Commonwealth environment law; and 

  12. any related matters.