Opposition to resumption of whaling in the Southern Ocean by Japan

Australia strongly opposes the decision by Japan to resuming whaling in the Southern Ocean this summer. The Australian Government has made repeated representations at the highest level to urge Japan not to resume whaling this year. Representations have been made by the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Environment Minister. We do not accept in any…

Shorten’s recipe for higher electricity prices

Today Bill Shorten has announced another plan for higher electricity prices. He’s picked a target but hasn’t had the courage to outline the costs. He hasn’t done the work to detail the mechanism. Where is the ALP plan and mechanism? Where is the ALP modelling? After two years they have no plan and no modelling.…

Memo to Mark: these are your accounting methods!

Labor’s lack of credibility in dealing with climate change is getting worse by the day. The latest claims about the Government “fudging numbers” are absolute nonsense. Labor is getting so desperate they’re now attacking the United Nations. We use a set of accounting standards established by the United Nations to calculate emissions. We don’t make…

Boosting incentives for voluntary action to reduce emissions

Ahead of climate talks in Paris, the Government is working to increase participation in the Carbon Neutral Program by boosting opportunities for participants and enhancing consumer recognition of carbon neutral leaders. “The Australian Government has entered into an agreement with the Carbon Market Institute to provide information on the Carbon Neutral Program via a series…

Flying high on C-17 proof-of-concept success in Antarctica

The Australian Antarctic Division and Royal Australian Air Force have successfully flown a joint operational mission to East Antarctica, with a C-17A Globemaster III delivering heavy lift cargo to Wilkins Aerodrome in support of the Australian Antarctic programme. The C-17A flew the 3450km in just over five hours hours, landing at Wilkins Aerodrome near Casey…

NT cuts red tape and lifts environmental standards

The Australian Government congratulates the Northern Territory Government on raising environmental standards as part of their ongoing commitment to reforming the Territory’s environmental regulatory system. This is a clear example of the Australian Government’s One-Stop Shop policy raising environmental standards in Australian States and Territories. Key features of the Northern Territory are designed to meet…

Rottnest Island on track for cleaner energy supply

Rottnest Island, the home of the Quokka and other unique Australian animals, is set to reduce its reliance on shipped-in diesel using solar energy and smart power control systems. The Australian Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), is providing Hydro Tasmania with $4.8 million support for a $7.3 million project to install 600…

Healthy devils returned to the wild will give others a chance

The landmark release of 39 healthy Tasmanian devils on Forestier Peninsula later today will help re-establish a wild population free of Deadly Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). Australia’s Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt and Tasmanian Environment Minister Matthew Groom welcome the release ¬– by the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program – on private property this…

IUCN World Parks Congress receives national award

Last night hundreds gathered at the Australian Event Awards in Sydney to hear the sixth IUCN World Parks Congress named CIM Magazine best meeting or conference of the year by industry experts. I would like to congratulate Parks Australia and the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service on this great achievement. Almost a year…