An ABS report out today shows how connected Australians are to our unique and beautiful environment, say the Australian Greens.

“It’s great to hear that nearly three quarters of Australian adults have interacted with nature during the past year, with some of the most popular activities including visiting a national park and bush walking,” Senator Larissa Waters, the Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“Our national parks, from our tropical rainforests to our snow-capped mountains, are too precious to lose – they’re wonderful places to enjoy nature while spending time with family and friends.

“Unfortunately, state premiers around the country are jeopardising our beautiful national parks.

“The Queensland Government is opening up national parks for logging; the New South Wales Government is allowing shooting in national parks and the Victorian Government wants cattle to graze in the Alpine National Park.

“What’s more, big business and mining magnates are pushing the federal government to hand over protection for national icons, like the Great Barrier Reef and the koala, to these ruthless state premiers.

“And Tony Abbott has made it clear, if he wins the election, he definitely will give state governments the final say on whether environmentally risky projects should go ahead.

“The Greens are working to strengthen our national environment law so that Tony Abbott can’t hand it over to the states, protecting our iconic places and wildlife for future generations of Australians to enjoy.

“Australians care about the environment and they know they only trust the Greens to protect it, that’s why they will support the Greens at the upcoming election,” Senator Waters said.
Senator Larissa Waters Australian Greens Senator for Queensland