Liberal National Party Idea of an Environment Minister?

On 21/08/2013, at 4:05 PM, the South East Region Conservation Alliance wrote to the Liberal National Party Proposed Environment Minister,

Greg Hunt about COALition Policies

Dear Greg, 

The election day is also threatened species day.

Can you tell me please what this new Commissioner for Threatened Species you would appoint if the Coalition wins the election will actually do when the Abbott Government gives up its environmental approval powers to the States in a one stop shop process.  He surely won’t have power to do anything.  What will be the use of the species protection plans he is to oversee if States can approve any development that will adversely affect a threatened species?

You would by now be aware of the report One Stop Chop:  How Regional Forest Agreements streamline environmental destruction.  Given the evidence there of what the one stop shop process has meant for forestry management in all the States with RFAs, in clear contravention of legal requirements for ecologically sustainable management, how can the coalition parties possibly consider applying this process more widely?

And when is Mr Abbott going to announce his environment policies? Liberal Party Australia

Yours sincerely

South East Region Conservation Alliance

From: Hunt, Greg (MP)

Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:20 PM

Subject: Re: Commissioner for Threatened Species

Dear Heather,  

We have now announced the Clean Air, Clean Land and most of our Clean Water policies. They have been the subject of extensive documents over the last 3 years.

The Commissioner would be responsible for implementing Threatened Species Plans…in short actually improving population health of threatened species.

Regards,

Greg 

AS HE DIDN’T TELL THEM MUCH SO THEY ASKED AGAIN

Dear Greg

Your reply doesn’t really come to grips with my question.

How will the proposed Commissioner actually improve the population health of threatened species when for example State forestry agencies put meeting wood supply commitments ahead of that.  Maybe you are thinking of the Victorian situation where there is a lack of TS plans.

However NSW has lots of prescriptions for protection, and requirements for surveys and monitoring, but in meeting unsustainable wood supply contracts and cost cutting the State forestry agency has been prepared to drive the koala to the edge of extinction in the SE forests, and only much public protest in compartment after compartment has prevented a total wipe-out. 

With the Commonwealth having abandoned its powers to intervene in RFA areas, what will your proposed Commissioner actually be able to do?  And in light of this history why do you and Mr Abbott think that one stop shop RFA type policies should be put in place for other industries also?

Again I commend you to One Stop Chop:  How Regional Forest Agreements Streamline Environmental Destruction – online at www.edovic.org.au/blog/RFA-report.

yours sincerely

SERCA 

From: Hunt, Greg (MP)

Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2013

To: SERCA  

Subject: Re: Commissioner for Threatened Species

The role will be as described.

Respectfully, 

Greg

Calling this Sustainable Logging? - Deforestation by Boral Timber

Calling this Sustainable Logging? – Deforestation by Boral Timber

HE ALSO NEGLECTED TO MENTION THAT TONY ABBOTT HAS ANNOUNCED HE WOULD RENEW FOR 20 YEARS REGIONAL FOREST AGREEMENTS (CONTRACTS TO CORPORATIONS TO KEEP LOGGING AND BURNING OUR WILDLIFE’S HOME…LIKE THIS)

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