Australian Government to host Threatened Species Summit in Melbourne

The Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to host a landmark national summit on threatened species and launch its own strategy for our rare and endangered animals and plants. The Threatened Species Summit will be held at Melbourne Zoo on 16 July 2015. There are more than 1750 mammal, bird, reptile, fish, frog, insect…

First Emissions Reduction Fund auction delivers significant abatement

The results of the first Emissions Reduction Fund auction released today clearly prove that the Coalition’s climate change policy is delivering real and significant abatement – just as we always said it would. The Clean Energy Regulator has awarded contracts for 47 million tonnes of abatement at an average price per tonne of $13.95. In…

Government moves to save Victoria’s iconic Leadbeater’s possum

After carefully considering advice from the independent Threatened Species Scientific Committee and submissions from experts, interested organisations and the wider community, I have decided to list the Leadbeater’s possum as a ‘critically endangered’ species. The Threatened Species Scientific Committee’s recommendation was clear and unequivocal regarding the need to transfer the species from endangered to critically…

Anzac grants commemorate a Centenary of service

In commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac, I am pleased to announce that the Australian Government has funded 24 local grants totalling more than $125,000 to groups across the Flinders electorate. Through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Programme, community groups have had the opportunity to honour the service and sacrifice that epitomises the Anzac spirit.…

Grants to help dairy farmers clean up Tasmania’s rivers

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH MR ANDREW NIKOLIC AM CSC MP, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR BASS Dairy farmers in Tasmania’s Tamar estuary and Esk rivers catchment areas are set to benefit from grants of up to $5000 to support their efforts to help clean up the region’s waterways. The funding is part of the Australian Government’s National…

Post-2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON TONY ABBOTT MP, PRIME MINISTER AND HON JULIE BISHOP MP, MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS The Commonwealth Government is inviting submissions on Australia’s next greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for the post-2020 period. We are determined to reduce emissions – but without a carbon tax and without destroying jobs. All countries…

Funding to protect Australia’s Historic Heritage

Owners and managers of places on Australia’s National Heritage List are invited to apply for funding to help protect some of Australia’s most significant historic sites.   The Australian Government’s Protecting National Historic Sites programme is part of a commitment to provide opportunities to protect and maintain the historic values of places recognised on Australia’s…

Safeguard paper released for consultation: government to achieve targets

The Australian Government is seeking public feedback on options for the planned Emissions Reduction Fund safeguard mechanism. The safeguard mechanism will ensure that abatement achieved under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) is not offset by rises in emissions elsewhere in the economy. Implementation of the crediting and purchasing components of the ERF are already underway,…

Release of Dredge Synthesis Report

I welcome the release of the Dredge Synthesis Report today by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), and I thank the scientists involved for their work. The Report was compiled by an independent panel of 19 experts with a range of relevant skills, experience and…