Rosslyn Beeby Canberra Times
Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett has launched and endorsed a report that blasts the Rudd Government’s carbon trading scheme as ”seriously deficient”. The report an annual ”State of Australia’s Birds” survey by peak national conservation group Birds Australia also condemns clearing of Tasmania’s old growth forest as ” a national disgrace”. It says government investment in conservation ”remains inadequate” and recovery plans for threatened species are ”poorly supported”. The Rudd Government’s carbon pollution reduction scheme ”fails to address properly the relationship between biodiversity and climate” and ignores emissions from logging of native forests. ”We have environment legislation that does not even mention climate change and now a green paper on reducing carbon pollution that is seriously deficient in its treatment of living systems,” the report says. It also attacks Professor Ross Garnaut’s report advising the Rudd Government on the economic and social impacts of climate change as having ”no serious policy analysis” of environmental issues. All of these controversial statements appear in the first six pages of the 18-page report. Launching the Birds Australia report at Parliament House last night, Mr Garrett appeared unaware of its controversial content, simply describing it as providing ”a valuable overview of Australia’s bird species”. Read more here
Garrett backs Govt-bashing bird report