Nature & the Reef

Politicians: Back our 7 key reforms to Qld environmental laws

1,611 signatures
2,000 needed

Queensland's pending state election is an opportunity for us all to speak out in support of our state's environmental laws. If you care about healthy communities, the protection of nature, clean energy and a healthy climate, sign our petition now!

Queensland, it’s time for better environmental laws.

We call on ALL political parties to back 7 key reforms

  1. Citizen Rights - Strengthen community rights to information, objection, appeal and enforcement, especially for coal seam gas, mining and planning. Preserve “own costs” rules in the Planning and Environment Court.
  2. Fair Democratic Processes - Ban developer and corporate political donations. Strengthen and restore powers to the State Environment Department.
  3. Great Barrier Reef and Nature - Strengthen laws against unsustainable development, water pollution and carbon pollution. Protect pristine rivers, national parks, and wildlife. Expand “no go” areas for mining and gas.
  4. Safe Climate and Clean Energy - Transition Qld's economy away from fossil fuel extraction or burning, towards renewable energy and sustainable jobs.
  5. Excessive Tree Clearing - Protect our trees, wildlife and Reef by introducing strong legal protections against excessive tree clearing. Reform ineffective “offset” laws.
  6. Clean Up Queensland - Audit legal compliance of coal and gas projects. Protect groundwater and clean air. Introduce waste disposal levy. Ban environmental offenders from holding environmental licences. 
  7. Access to Justice - Ensure EDO Qld can continue to provide communities with the legal assistance they need to protect their environment by increased government funding to EDO Qld.

Authorised by Jo Bragg, CEO of Environmental Defenders Office Queensland, 8/205 Montague Rd, West End, QLD 4101

See the full document sent to all political parties


“It is time our right to have a say about what happens to our environment is protected in law. It seems only big business is being heard and government is threatening to take away our right to do anything but plant trees to try to fix the problems created by their greedy mates. We demand the right of ALL Australians to be heard, not only the wealthy and/ or the greedy, if they are indeed different sections of the community. I for one am no longer sure whether wealthy people care one bit about this country, just money.”

Julia 2017-10-12 21:28:30 +1000

“Please stop destroying bush land & trees”

Diana 2017-10-12 21:23:49 +1000

“I support all 7 key reforms. In particular, I’d like to see a ban on corporate / developer political donations. These donations are corrupting our political system and result in politicians responding to corporations rather than representing the people who have elected them. It is time we have a true democracy – let’s get corporate money out of politics once and for all.”

Michael 2017-10-12 21:11:26 +1000

“long term future goals needed. Life cycle opposed to the election cycle”

matt 2017-10-12 21:00:59 +1000


Peter 2017-10-12 20:54:22 +1000


Debbie 2017-10-12 20:45:23 +1000


Julian 2017-10-12 20:15:33 +1000

“It’s not good development ideas that are the problem, it’s the power differential between individuals and companies with money, seeking to get more money by way of development, and those individuals and community members who want to see good development for the sake of it, but don’t stand to directly benefit from it money wise. Good government is about making provision for the adequate representation of that second group, and a good balance between those competing interests. Stopping political donations by developers is a step in the right direction, but a lot more needs to be done”

Richard 2017-10-12 20:14:17 +1000


Danika 2017-10-12 20:09:37 +1000

“We’re at a tipping point in keeping the health of our environment from deteriorating into a horrible loss of what makes Australia an amazing place to live. A different place than any other on the planet. Clean water, clean soil, clean air, an amazing diversity of plant and animal life both on land and in water are worth fighting to keep for us now and for the future. What’s the other option ?”

Anne 2017-10-12 20:07:16 +1000


Betty 2017-10-12 19:52:04 +1000


Irene 2017-10-12 19:24:38 +1000

“Stop tree clearing now and replant lost trees.”

Mark 2017-10-12 19:03:33 +1000


Serge 2017-10-12 18:54:19 +1000


Sarah 2017-10-12 18:50:56 +1000


Kristina 2017-10-12 18:40:14 +1000

“These reforms make it fair for everyone.”

Clifton Landcare Group 2017-10-12 18:28:06 +1000


Anna 2017-10-12 18:27:51 +1000

“Land clearing has gone on too long. It should be stopped until reforms can be agreed upon. Dreadful exploitation of country being sold out to overseas landowners and companies with bad track records, like Adani. How can we expect those without any loyalty to this once magnificent country to treasure whats let if we cant. It all boils down to who can make a quick buck. Its definately time to uphold such reforms. Protect the fragile flora and fauna before Australia is left with concrete, floods, droughts and the wildlife that survives are down to a robust non-natives and ferrals.”

Corinne 2017-10-12 18:23:12 +1000

“Please support these 7 key reforms.”

Alison 2017-10-12 18:22:43 +1000

“The way you are going Anna is you have lost my vote and I can’t see you it getting it back at this time.”

Darren 2017-10-12 18:17:01 +1000

“I very much support the 7 key reforms listed, especially No. 1 & 2. The village of Kuranda is currently feeling the weight of Chinese corporate rights against our small community. Co-ordinated project KUR-World wants to bring 5,500 people to our town of 2,700. This project is far too big a scale. We need help.”

Kathryn and john 2017-10-12 18:15:49 +1000

“what is happening here with the State Govt. selling our country to ADANI …. SHOULD be unbelievable. . Where do we start changing? Change every single politician for. ahuman being who has actually walked in the Bush , visited the Outback , and maybe even cuddled a tame koala??? Only a line up of desk bound nincompops with money choking their veins could come up with their policies”

Una 2017-10-12 18:10:38 +1000

“An appalling state of affairs for so many reasons… from habitat destruction with the attendant wildlife loss, raising temperatures and less moisture production due to tree clearance, CO2 production adding to global warming, desertification and erosion washing into streams and reefs and one could go on. And the fact that some of it might be regrowth doesn’t matter and not a valid argument for its removal… if you leave it long enough it will be wonderful forest once again. Richard & Susan Zoomers”

Richard & Susan 2017-10-12 18:09:08 +1000

“Qld needs to stop this devastation & rapid rate of tree felling – the Laws need to be tightened!”

2017-10-12 18:05:49 +1000

“These are reasonable proposals which will improve our environment, and make for a happier and healthier lifestyle for people in Queensland.”

Shelley 2017-10-12 18:02:52 +1000

“Reiner Schuler”

Reiner 2017-10-12 17:59:23 +1000

“Peter Robinson”

Peter 2017-10-12 17:58:44 +1000


Andrew 2017-10-12 17:56:59 +1000

““don’t it always go that you don’t know what you have got until it is gone.” In but a few short years and in particular since the LNP Newman govt made significant changes to the land clearing laws the loss of habit and vegetation along water ways and creeks here on the Gold Coast has been rampant. As I journey the 100 km both by road and train you see the evidence. Fields and fields of habitat gone. Clear felled. Nothing left. Koalas gone! Nobody new. All over rover.
A few months on I witness the drilling out of the ground, shoulder to shoulder brick and tile megga hot boxes believed to be desirable family homes. What has been developed is yet another huge heat sink in the summer and massive water run off during the wet to name just two of many many issues with the standard extremely old and out dated model for housing estate development.
Push as hard as you can Jo with these 7 key reforms. It truly is heart breaking watching this fragile coastline clear felled, dug up and sealed over with roofs and roads. This is not the future I want for my grand children.
Thank you and the fantastic team at the EDO.”

rosalind 2017-10-12 12:54:13 +1000