Emissions Reduction Fund passed by Parliament

The Australian Parliament has today passed legislation to implement the $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund – the centrepiece of the Government’s policy to cut domestic emissions. The Senate passed the ERF with amendments earlier this month, and today these have been passed by the House of Representatives. We have delivered on our promise to the…

Labor play politics on reef rather than action

Australians should be offended by the cheap politics being played by Labor on the protection of the Great Barrier Reef. It was the previous Labor Governments at a Federal and State level which were touting the development of mega ports along the reef. It was under Labor in 2011 that the World Heritage Committee first…

Australia’s commitment to the world with the Promise of Sydney

Australia is proud to have co-hosted such a successful IUCN World Parks Congress and equally proud of our own commitments in its major outcome – the Promise of Sydney. Our promises range from banning capital dredge disposal in the Great Barrier Reef and a historic agreement with China to ban mining in Antarctica, to new…

Flinders councils to share in $9.865million through local government grants

I am pleased that we are able to provide greater assistance to local councils though the Government’s Financial Assistance Grant programme. Residents across the Mornington Peninsula, Bass Coast, Cardinia and Casey councils will benefit from the $9.65 million in Financial Assistance Grants for the Flinders electorate. Councils will be able to spend this untied grant…

Reef 2050 Partnership Group continues work at World Parks Congress

The Reef 2050 Partnership Group has met at the World Parks Congress in Sydney as part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to work with industry, community and conservation groups on protecting the iconic Great Barrier Reef   I was pleased to chair this latest meeting with Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell and to extend a…

Australian and China strengthen Antarctic ties

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON TONY ABBOTT MP, PRIME MINISTER Australia and China have reaffirmed a long tradition of collaboration in Antarctic diplomacy, science, logistics and operations during a visit from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Prime Minister Abbott and President Xi witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in Hobart today, which recognises the…

$2 million pledge for threatened species projects

The Australian Government is committing an extra $2 million to boost the recovery of threatened species in its national park estate. Speaking at the World Parks Congress in Sydney, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews said the funding meant 10 innovative projects targeting key species, habitat and threats across the…

Indigenous Advisory Committee to provide environmental management advice

Today I am pleased to announce the membership of the newly reconstituted Indigenous Advisory Committee. This committee is an important advisory group that will provide both myself and my Department with sound and ongoing advice on cultural and natural resource management under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). When it comes…

Bill Shorten: There will be a carbon tax under a government I lead

Last night Bill Shorten again confirmed Labor wants to push up electricity prices for Australian families and businesses with a carbon tax. “Labor is committed to an Emissions Trading Scheme” “In 2014, the world’s emissions trading schemes have a collective value of more than $30 billion.” Australia accounts for less than two per cent of…

Investing in training for park rangers in the Asia Pacific region

The Australian Government is investing $100,000 to help build and develop the capacity of our rangers across the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions. The funding will help build new training courses in our universities to help rangers build their skills in finance, administration and modern technologies. Our rangers, whether they work in national parks, Indigenous…