The House of Representatives Inquiry into environmental organisations has now been released. Many in the community had anticipated that the report would recommend changes that would severely limit the activities of environmental groups. Sadly, this is the case.
For background on this report and the political agenda against the environment movement, please check here.
The report acknowledges that environment groups are doing an important and necessary job in protecting our precious environment. However, it contains a number of deeply flawed recommendations, which if implemented would profoundly change the environmental protection movement in Australia.
The two most worrying recommendations are:
an attempt to limit the amount of advocacy that environmental groups can carry out; and
the suggestion that ‘administrative sanctions’ be applied to environmental groups that ‘encourage, support, promote, or endorse illegal or unlawful activity’ like civil disobedience and non violent direct action.
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to stop fracking in Victoria;
to grow renewable energy nation wide;
to stand with traditional owners against nuclear waste dumps on sacred land;
to stop the Trans Pacific Partnership;
to protect Koala habitat in the Strzelecki Forest; and
to stop logging in Red Gum National Parks in southern NSW.