The Liberal-National Government reduced the highly protected areas of Australia's marine park network by half, cut 40% of funding to the Department of Environment, failed to prevent iconic species like the Australian sea lion becoming endangered, and have done nothing to stop an increase in plastic waste and a fall in the rate of plastic recycling.
Australia’s incredible oceans and the biodiversity they support are under increasing pressure, including from plastic pollution and climate change, which makes it vital that we repudiate the environmental neglect of the Morrison government and step-up the application of effective protection and restoration measures.
Labor in government has a longstanding and proud record when it comes to ocean protection, including the prevention of mining or military activity in Antarctica, and the creation of the world’s largest network of marine parks.
Through our enduring commitment to Australia’s oceans, an Albanese Labor Government will:
These initiatives will work in combination with Labor’s $200 million urban rivers and catchments fund, our plan to conserve the Great Barrier Reef, and our commitment to legislate net zero by 2050, with a matching 2030 emission reduction target.
Taken together these actions and programs will reinstate a proper emphasis on the health and biodiversity of Australia’s oceans and the life they support, including our own.