The Federal government is now attacking environmental groups on two fronts.
1. One inquiry well under way is the following attempt to remove tax free donation status of environmental charities like Friends of the Earth.
“The House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment will inquire into and report on the administration and transparency of the Register of Environmental Organisations (the Register) and its effectiveness in supporting communities to take practical action to improve the environment.” More information here.
Friends of the Earth Australia has made a submission and hearings are being held around the country. The Adelaide hearing is scheduled for September 1st – location to be announced. The hearing will be open to the public and we intend to have a representative monitor the Adelaide event. Friends of the Earth are appearing before the inquiry in Melbourne on September 21st – location to be announced.
2. “The Abbott government has revealed plans to repeal a section of Australia’s environment laws that allows green groups to challenge approvals for mining projects and other large developments in the courts. Federal Attorney-General George Brandis said the government would seek to repeal section 487 (2) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and “return to the common law”, after it was used successfully by the Mackay Conservation Group to overturn the federal environment minister’s approval of the Carmichael mega-coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.” Renew Economy: The six big lies in Tony Abbott’s attack on the environment
The Six Big Lies in Tony Abbott’s attack on the environment:
Lie 1. It’s the economy versus the environment
Lie 2. The parade of projects
Lie 3. Coal jobs at risk
Lie 4. Activists destroying the industry
Lie 5. The cost of emissions reductions
Lie 6. The sheer hypocrisy of it all
A good article at the Guardian article: George Brandis says vigilante green groups are destroying thousands of mining jobs
You are invited to sign the PETITION to Attorney George Brandis asking him to:
Stop Abbott government destroying Australia’s environmental laws.