Greens act to ban park grazing

17 Jun, 2013 07:20 AM

THE Greens will introduce legislation to protect national parks from state government-backed grazing and logging in the Senate on Monday.

The party will move to list national parks as areas of national environmental significance, giving them the same protection as threatened species and World Heritage Areas.

"Australians would be surprised and alarmed to learn that our national parks are not protected federally and there is nothing to stop state and territory leaders from destroying these precious places," Greens leader Christine Milne said.

"National parks account for less than 4 per cent of Australia's land mass, yet the state and territory governments are intent on destroying these areas with grazing in Queensland, shooting in NSW and logging in Tasmania."

The proposed legislation follows calls by senior Labor figures for the Gillard government to intervene and protect national parks from state government projects.

Four ALP stalwarts – ex-premiers Joan Kirner and Carmen Lawrence, former NSW environment minister Bob Debus and former Queensland environment minister Rod Welford – have called on the Commonwealth to give itself powers to stop environmentally damaging projects in national parks.

The group said Labor had a proud record of creating national parks that needed to be protected.

"Labor must take the current opportunity to strengthen the national environment laws," they said in a joint statement.

Australian Greens environment spokeswoman Larissa Waters urged the government to support the Greens' proposed amendment, which would protect national parks through legislation rather than regulation.

While Environment Minister Tony Burke had the power to introduce regulation to protect national parks, Senator Waters said the Coalition would likely disallow it in Parliament if it won the next election.

Regulations can be disallowed by a majority of either house of Parliament and must be put forward for 15 sitting days. The current Parliament has only 10 sitting days left.

"If the polls for the next election eventuate, Labor won't have the numbers to stop the Coalition disallowing any regulation," Senator Waters said.

"This is a choice between good policy or politics, and I hope [the government] choose the route that protects national parks."

It is believed the federal cabinet will consider on Monday what action to take, if any, to increase the government's control of parks.

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17/06/2013 8:41:39 AM

What about banning the fires.
17/06/2013 8:46:15 AM

Why dont they also ban greenies, hippies ferals and pervs who also cause havoc in National Parks!
Dirty Old Redneck
17/06/2013 9:03:50 AM

Destroying them, Christine? The only thing that is destroying them are idiots like you who think that a park full of weeds, feral animals and wildfires are better than a few cows keeping the grass down.
17/06/2013 9:21:45 AM

Dirty old redneck, didn't you know, that according to the Greens, these National Parks are pristine rainforests full of Mahogany Gliders, Cassowarys, tree kangaroos jumping from branch to branch and the rare, endangered purple Patagonian gnats? Cattle will cause the extinction of all of the above within a week of grazing them there.
Dirty Old Redneck
17/06/2013 9:28:33 AM

Lol, yeah, I did know that Truggs. These are the same green on the outside red on the inside koolaid drinking fruit loops that think co2 is pollution and want to close down all industry in Australia and have us living in caves again.
12 Gauge.
17/06/2013 9:44:33 AM

This silly woman and her Green/Red party will stop at nothing in their crusade to destroy this once great country.
17/06/2013 10:18:38 AM

Somebody should bring out a Green Play Station game, so they can live " The Dream " in their lounge rooms, and leave us alone.
17/06/2013 10:27:51 AM

Here we go. National parks or animal welfare. Only these malcontents could paint themselves into a corner like this.
17/06/2013 11:00:26 AM

Labor needs to consider, How are they going to get them out. Can't really fine anybody if the boundaries aren't in tact, and we all own a pair of pliers, or somebody is " trying " to get them out. Could take till the end of the drought. If they try shooting them, could be the last straw for some of these local lads and put new meaning to Work Place Health and Safety
17/06/2013 12:30:06 PM

Christine Milne said: - ""National parks account for less than 4 per cent of Australia's land mass, yet the state and territory governments are intent on destroying these areas with grazing in Queensland, shooting in NSW and logging in Tasmania."" You gotta laugh at the logic particularity the “shooting in NSW”, I mean, I have yet to see a piece of bush die from lead poisoning. lands/about_crown_land “Crown land comprises approximately half of all land in New South Wales.”
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