We will invest more than $1 billion in new environment programs to tackle the extinction crisis, cut single-use plastics, protect our beaches and coastlines, clean up the nation’s rivers, double the number of Indigenous Rangers caring for country, and protect the Great Barrier Reef.
For six years, the Liberals have attacked, undermined and cut Australia’s environmental programs, policies and institutions.
At the same time, our environment is under growing pressure.
Drought across eastern Australia, reef bleaching events, fires in Tasmania and thousands of fish deaths in the Murray Darling system all speak to the scale of the environmental challenge facing us in the 21st century.
In February the Liberals confirmed Australia has suffered the first global mammal extinction directly as a result of climate change.
It is time to fundamentally change our approach to addressing the environmental crisis.
A Shorten Labor Government will reshape Australia’s approach to caring for our unique natural assets, reform Australia’s environmental laws and create a new, independent Environment Protection Agency – if we get the entire framework right, we will protect our environment for our children and grandchildren.
Labor’s Protecting the Environment plan includes:
Labor has a proud history of protecting Australia’s environment. We saved the Franklin River and the Daintree Rainforest, we led the world in ozone protection, we protected Australia’s oceans, we ratified the Kyoto Agreement and introduced world-leading climate laws.
This election is a choice between investing in a better future for our children and protecting the environment or more of the Liberals cuts and chaos.