The Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 is our government’s central piece of environmental law. It requires a review every ten years to examine the operation of the EPBC Act, and the extent to which its objects have been met.
The Environmental Defenders Office says of the current Act:
‘We have an Act that is over 1,000 pages and yet does not effectively address the biggest environmental challenges we face: climate change and land clearing.’
In spite of this, Environment Minister Sussan Ley wants to rush through changes to the Act before the review under Professor Graeme Samuel AC, which only commenced in October 2019, is fully completed. It is due for completion by October 2020.
Sign the petition to halt any changes to the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act until the Samuel Review is fully completed.