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Greens announce plan to prevent extinction crisis

Media Release
Christine Milne 24 Jul 2013

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne today announced a $120 million plan to save our plants and animals from extinction.

"If we don't act now, Australia will lose some of our greatest natural treasures," said Senator Milne.

"The environmental organisation IUCN maintains a red list of the world's threatened species. When I was IUCN Global Vice-President in the 2000s I was all too aware of Australia's poor extinction record, with some 56 animals disappearing in the past 200 years.

"The Greens plan will protect endangered species from habitat destruction, pollution and invasive species.

"Here in Queensland, we're on the brink of losing bilbies with fewer than 700 left in the wild, and koalas are now listed as threatened. In my home state, Tasmanian devils, bandicoots, quolls and wedge-tailed eagles are all under threat.

"More than 20 per cent of our mammal species are facing extinction.

"But instead of tackling this, Kevin Rudd wants to cut millions from the Biodiversity Fund and Tony Abbott wants to hand back environmental protection to the states.

"The Greens are the only party you can trust to protect and care for our environment with a strong plan to save threatened species from extinction."

Queensland Senator and Australian Greens environment spokesperson Larissa Waters said: "Through our plan, $30 million a year would be invested in scientific studies to map important habitat nationally and then to protect that habitat with bioregional plans.  

"Another $10 million a year would be invested in the listing of threatened species, the development of recovery plans and additional research to turn around Australia's biodiversity decline.

"The Greens will be a strong voice in Parliament for well-funded threatened species protection and we will stand up against Labor's cuts to the Biodiversity Fund."

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