Additional $100 million to protect the Great Barrier Reef

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON TONY ABBOTT MP, PRIME MINISTER The Commonwealth Government will commit an additional $100 million in new funding for the Reef Trust to support the implementation of the historic Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan for the protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef.   Last year, the Coalition delivered…

Death of Malcolm Fraser

I am saddened to hear the news of Malcolm Fraser’s passing. I had the privilege of knowing him both as a former Prime Minister and a local constituent. We worked together on various matters and he was unfailingly decent and gracious in all of our meetings. Malcolm was a man of deep courage, conviction and…

Five distinguished Australians appointed to Australian Heritage Council

The Australian Government today announced the appointment of five eminent Australians to its premier advisory body on heritage – the Australian Heritage Council. The new appointees come from a broad cross section of Australian society including the arts, academia, cultural heritage management and politics. I am delighted to announce the appointment to the Australian Heritage…

Getting environmental regulation right across Australia

The Australian Government today released the Interim Report of the National Review of Environmental Regulation, as part of our commitment to undertake an audit of all environmental legislation and regulation at both state and federal level.  The report has been developed in conjunction with states and territories and is a snapshot of the substantial environmental…

Returning Malabar Headland to the people of New South Wales

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON ROB STOKES MP, NSW MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT The Australian Government has taken the next important step to deliver on its promise to keep the Malabar Headland in public hands. The Federal Government is transferring ownership of the South-Eastern Malabar Headland (known as Lot 202) to the New South Wales Government.…

World Heritage assessment for Royal National Park

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON ROB STOKES MP, NSW MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT The Australian and New South Wales Governments are continuing to work together to explore a potential World Heritage nomination for Sydney’s Royal National Park. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes today reaffirmed their commitment to undertaking the…

Additional ERF methods released in lead up to first auction

As we countdown to the first Emissions Reduction Fund auction next month, the Federal Government has released four new methods for public consultation. We are providing opportunities for more emissions reduction projects across the economy, as part of our commitment to continue developing more methods of interest to businesses and the community. With the first…

Government focussed on repairing the RET

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON IAN MACFARLANE MP, MINISTER FOR INDUSTRY AND SCIENCE The Australian Government is determined to restore a Renewable Energy Target that works as intended, to encourage investment in renewable energy and to maintain Australia’s diverse energy mix. The existing RET is broken. Both the Opposition and the clean energy industry know…