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Submission to Senate Inquiry into Australia’s Faunal Extinction Crisis

EDOWA has today lodged a submission to the Senate Inquiry into Australia’s Faunal Extinction Crisis. The Inquiry is conducted by the Commonwealth Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications.

Our submission, prepared jointly with the Conservation Council of WA, uses the Yeelirrie uranium project as a case study to highlight the urgent need for law reform to address the extinction crisis. This submission is in addition to an earlier  submission by the EDOs of Australia, lodged in 2018.

After working on the recent litigation challenging the State approval of the Yeelirrie project, and investigating the Commonwealth approval, we believe our environmental protection legislation is not meeting community expectations and preventing extinction.

In our submission we argue that the project approvals illustrate gaps and weaknesses in current law. Law reform should extend to a new federal environmental protection statute, and a national Environmental Protection Authority – and in the short term our current legislation should be amended to ensure that Ministers cannot approve a project in the knowledge it will cause extinction, and against accepted scientific advice.

You can read the EDOWA/CCWA submission in full below.

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