A landmark UN report released in May revealed that 1 million species across the globe are at risk of extinction, and Scott Morrison’s solution for Australia was to refer to the passing of a fantasy piece of legislation that didn’t exist.
Australia is considered to have one of the worst extinction rates in the world. We have the highest rate of vertebrate mammal extinction, koala populations are declining, and the Morrison government doesn’t have a plan to protect iconic Australian fauna and flora.
In Fremantle there are 54 threatened species. I want to thank the local community groups who work tirelessly to try to sustain their populations and prevent their decline.
It’s been tough for threatened species under this Morrison government.
The Liberal’s record:
- Reportedly cut funding for the Environment Department by almost 40% since 2013, leaving it incapable of protecting the environment appropriately;
- Doesn’t know whether threatened species recovery plans are actually being implemented, making it almost pointless to list threatened species when there’s no plan for species to recover.
- Scott Morrison misled the Australian people by making up a piece of legislation that was supposedly tackling the extinction crisis, after the release of a UN report.
- Critically endangered species were illegally poisoned on land part owned by Morrison Minister, Angus Taylor.
- Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s then Environment Ministerial office, reportedly attempted to bypass the Threatened Species Scientific Committee in order to delist a critically endangered species and sought to keep it secret.
- Significant habitat loss, a key threat to endangered species, has taken place in the electorates of the Minister for Water, Minister for the Environment and former Minister for the Environment.
- No plan to address climate change as Australia’s emissions keep rising.
- Overseen the mismanagement of Australia’s precious water resources.
The Morrison Government remains a key threat to our local species here in Fremantle and Australia’s environment more broadly.