The Australian Greens have celebrated World Environment Day by announcing a new plan to protect the country's national parks from attacks by state governments.
The Greens in the Senate will move to add national parks as a new matter of environmental significance, joining matters such as threatened species and World Heritage Areas that are protected nationally.
"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 Senator Christine Milne said.
"National parks account for less than four 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 New South Wales and logging in Tasmania.
"Labor is all talk and no action on national parks -Tony Burke said almost two years ago that he would step in to save national parks, but he still hasn't done anything yet."
Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said listing national parks as a new matter of environmental significance would give the federal Environment Minister power to prohibit activities that will significantly impact our national parks, including logging, land clearing, grazing, mining and, in certain circumstances, shooting.
"Our national parks account for billions of dollars in tourism income every year and are conservation sanctuaries where people can escape the pressure of daily life to enjoy nature.
"The Greens are the only party that Australians can trust to care for our environment," Senator Waters said.