Greens for the Environment spokeswoman Senator Sarah Hanson-Young responded to the Environment Minister’s proposal, released today for public consultation, not to have recovery plans for 28 ecological communities and 157 threatened species:
“In seeking to rewrite government obligations, the Minister is waving the white flag for the protection of our native plants and wildlife.
“Lowering the Minister’s level of obligation amounts to degrading the protection of our native animals and species.
“Let’s call a spade a spade this is about letting the minister get away with it – the Morrison government dropped the ball on protecting our environment and wildlife and now they want to change the rules and the responsibilities.
“Pressure is mounting on Australia to adhere to global goals to stop extinction. This move takes Australia in the opposite direction. We need more effort and stronger laws to protect species, not less. “
Senator Hanson-Young asked the Minister, the Department, the Endangered Species Commissioner and the Endangered Species Scientific Committee about this proposal in the Senate Estimates in May. At that time, she was informed that 167 recovery plans were pending and that 150 species would simply be required to have conservation notices that each of them already has. See here from page 54.