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Palaszczuk government should ignore ‘irresponsible land clearing cheer squad’ and deliver on commitments to protect wildlife

MEDIA RELEASE:  19 January 2016  Peak environment group the Queensland Conservation Council is urging the Palaszczuk government to get on with the job of re-strengthening Queensland’s land clearing laws as an urgent priority. Continue reading

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions data and climate policy review: disheartening greetings this festive season

MEDIA RELEASE: December 19, 2017  Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions data and climate policy review: disheartening greetings this festive season. Today, the Department of the Environment and Energy released delayed reports that tell the story of Australia’s weak climate action, including the Quarterly Greenhouse Gas Inventory and the Climate Change Policy Review. Although the Greenhouse Gas Inventory is immersed in the Federal Government’s narrative of their “effective” climate policies, it cannot hide the fact that our emissions have risen for the third consecutive year. Continue reading

Environmental bonds no substitute for stronger land clearing laws

MEDIA RELEASE:  November 13, 2017 Environmental bonds no substitute for stronger land clearing laws Peak environment group the Queensland Conservation Council has poured cold water on today’s announcement of a proposed small program of ‘environmental benefits bonds’ by Liberal National Party.  Continue reading

Labor renews cleaner energy commitment as it seeks power

MEDIA RELEASE:  November 12, 2017 Labor renews cleaner energy commitment as it seeks power Peak environment group the Queensland Conservation Council has welcomed Labor’s renewed commitment to a cleaner energy future for Queensland, saying today’s announcement by Premier Palaszczuk and Energy Minister Mark Bailey consolidates the government’s pathway to 50% renewable energy by 2030, and offers new opportunities to build on that. Continue reading

LNP tree policy does not add up

MEDIA RELEASE:  November 12, 2017 LNP tree policy does not add up, new ad highlights land clearing reality Peak environment group the Queensland Conservation Council has expressed incredulity at the Liberal National Party’s latest policy release, which talks about planting 3 million trees over several years while its land clearing policy allows ten times this number of trees to be destroyed each year. Continue reading

Coming clean on energy, costs and renewable power

MEDIA RELEASE  November 5, 2017:   Coming clean on energy, costs and renewable power   Peak environment group the Queensland Conservation Council has expressed concern about LNP Leader Tim Nicholls’ announcement today that he will scrap Queensland’s 50% renewable energy target.  Instead, the LNP will continue to back a new coal power station in North Queensland, because they claim it will be cheaper. Continue reading

Labor lands a clear way forward to protecting wildlife and habitats

MEDIA RELEASE:  November 4, 2017:  Labor lands a clear way forward to protecting wildlife and habitats    Peak environment group the Queensland Conservation Council has strongly welcomed the announcement by the Premier, Deputy Premier and Environment Minister that Labor is committed to strengthening Queensland’s land clearing laws. Continue reading

Peak conservation body releases priority policies for the 2017 Queensland election

MEDIA RELEASE:November 2, 2017: Peak conservation body releases priority policies for the 2017 Queensland election With the Queensland State Election several days into the campaign, peak environment body the Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) has written to the main political parties in the state, laying out the key conservation policy priorities for the election and seeking responses and commitments. Continue reading

Queensland Election 2017: Protecting Queensland’s future should come naturally

2017 Queensland State Election MEDIA RELEASE October 29, 2017: Protecting Queensland’s future should come naturally With the Queensland State Election officially starting, peak environment group the Queensland Conservation Council is reminding the state’s political parties that Queensland’s natural values and special places need to be front and centre of policy commitments Continue reading

Another threat from the Galilee Basin

Those of us fearful of the damaging impacts of coal are today reminded that Adani is but one of many threats facing our climate. The Kevin’s Corner GVK mine, neighbouring Adani in the Galilee Basin, was granted environmental authority in August. Since then, the mining company has been busy sponsoring community events, promising jobs and growth to the region, and working to distract from reasoned decision-making that applies the precautionary principle and considers the huge risks we face from continued coal development. Continue reading