Australia’s Faunal Extinction Crisis
Australia has gone without a plan to protect our wildlife for too long. The number of threatened and extinct animals continues to rise, with nearly 200 species already or soon to be lost in Queensland, that we know of (2015 report).
With many on the brink, including Queensland's western swamp tortoise and the northern hairy-nosed wombat, Government intervention is urgently needed to prevent further biodiversity and ecosystem loss.
On 27 June 2018, the Senate referred the inquiry into Australia's faunal extinction crisis to the Environment and Communications References Committee, with a report expected by 4 December 2018. The Committee's inquiry is to consider the wider ecological impact of faunal extinction; the adequacy of Commonwealth environment laws; the adequacy of existing monitoring practices, assessment process and compliance mechanisms for enforcing Commonwealth environmental law; and a range of other matters.
Individuals and organisations are invited to make a submission to the inquiry by 13 August 2018.
QCC encourages anyone with an interest in improving Australia's failing environmental laws to make a submission to this inquiry.