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


“I would like to see our government make a genuine effort to protect the environment so that generations ahead can enjoy it. Please stop selling out to developers and corporate greed.”

Maria 2017-09-21 17:40:59 +1000


Lachlan 2017-09-21 17:40:36 +1000


Kim 2017-09-21 17:40:07 +1000

“Laws against unsustainable development should be strengthened both in regional and urban areas. The weakening of property development regulations has lead to disasters such as the Grenfell tower fire and the Lacrosse tower fire in Melbourne.”

Diana 2017-09-21 17:40:06 +1000

“This will make Queensland a livable, desired place and improve the economy greatly!”

Peter 2017-09-21 17:39:09 +1000


Marita 2017-09-21 17:39:07 +1000


Iain 2017-09-21 17:39:00 +1000


Matilda 2017-09-21 17:38:54 +1000


Daniel 2017-09-21 17:36:32 +1000


paul 2017-09-21 17:35:39 +1000


Karyn 2017-09-21 17:34:21 +1000

“Unfortunately the natural environment is not valued highly, and the everyday person feels powerless to intervene. Local, State and Federal governments say they are listening to the people, but they do not act accordingly.”

Jocelyn 2017-09-21 17:32:41 +1000

“Stronger environmental laws are the most important issue for me next election.”

Jenny 2017-09-21 17:30:18 +1000

“Time for politicians to really listen to the people.”

Sallyann 2017-09-21 17:29:42 +1000


Robert 2017-09-21 17:28:09 +1000

“These reforms are not extraordinary or radical . It’s amazing that they are not already part of our democracy.”

narelle 2017-09-21 17:27:30 +1000


Tyyni 2017-09-21 17:24:12 +1000


Anne 2017-09-21 17:22:30 +1000


Michelle 2017-09-21 17:21:05 +1000


Thomas 2017-09-21 17:19:41 +1000

“Every one of your 7 key reforms are fundamental in our experience. In fact, mental and physical health and community well-being is what is really at stake here. It’s a no brainer, really, that empowered communities are healthy communities and healthy communities can only exist with healthy leadership and just practices and processes.”

Nicki 2017-09-21 17:17:35 +1000


Tony 2017-09-21 17:16:36 +1000


Bruce 2017-09-21 17:15:14 +1000

“Man has raped and pillaged this Earth for all time… NOW WE NEED TO RESPECT IT!”

Christine 2017-09-21 17:13:24 +1000

“I support rigorous protections for our environment, upon which we depend for our very existence, but which is also precious in its own right.”

Sue 2017-09-21 17:11:06 +1000


Narelle 2017-09-21 17:07:36 +1000


Lisa 2017-09-21 17:03:28 +1000


Lee 2017-09-21 17:02:36 +1000


Greg 2017-09-21 16:57:47 +1000


Robyn 2017-09-21 16:51:48 +1000