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



Kim 2017-09-21 16:51:32 +1000

“Hard to accept that either major party in Qeensland is at all interested in Climate Change or the environment while they continue to support Adani against all rational reason, fail to introduce tree clearing legislation, fail to legislate against buying favour with political donations, and fail to properly resource environmental monitoring and management. The ALP talk of the 300 conditions imposed on the Adani mine, but this is a joke if they can’t properly enforce them. Seeing commitment to the reforms proposed in this petition might restore a bit of faith in their environmental credentials.”

Adrian 2017-09-21 16:50:54 +1000


Anna 2017-09-21 16:49:39 +1000


Yatarla 2017-09-21 16:47:34 +1000


Will 2017-09-21 16:45:50 +1000


Alison 2017-09-21 16:45:06 +1000


Ralph 2017-09-21 16:44:29 +1000


Helena 2017-09-21 16:44:29 +1000


Janine 2017-09-21 16:44:09 +1000


Mike 2017-09-21 16:43:13 +1000


Catherine 2017-09-21 16:40:52 +1000

“Surely, both sides of Queensland politics would endorse, like the EDO Qld and its supporters, that “they” care about healthy communities, (who they represent) and, the protection of nature, (which is in everyone’s most fundamental interest)? Unfortunately, neither side of the House has demonstrated much if any, genuine interest in promoting the virtue of clean energy alternatives over the dirty-fossil fuel status quo. If our representatives of either political persuasion still can’t see the logical connexion between what they pay lip-service to (i.e. healthy communities and protection of nature) and the legislated certainty of a steady, but guaranteed transition to Clean Energy, translated into Laws which need to be promised and then promulgated by the Party who wins government in Queensland, then the political lock-step called Elections will become irrelevant to those in the electorate, who truly care for the environment and its health.”

Michael 2017-09-21 16:40:51 +1000

“I want my 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandkids to have a safe, clean and beautiful environment to live in, not polluted waterways, abandoned mines and dead Great Barrier Reef.”

Merilee 2017-09-21 16:40:43 +1000


David 2017-09-21 16:37:18 +1000

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Karen 2017-09-21 16:37:08 +1000


David & Vivien 2017-09-21 16:34:34 +1000


Morag 2017-09-21 16:33:50 +1000


Christine 2017-09-21 16:32:34 +1000


Amanda 2017-09-21 16:32:09 +1000

“Tree clearing in Queensland is the biggest issue at present I believe. It is terrifying to think that habitat for so many of our native animals, especially the koala, is being cleared on such an unlimited scale. There seems to be nothing effective in any piece of legislation to check this.”

Paddy 2017-09-21 16:30:24 +1000


Daniela 2017-09-21 16:30:12 +1000

“Queensland’s environmental law is so last century!”

Jude 2017-09-21 16:29:07 +1000


Greg 2017-09-21 16:27:32 +1000


Eileen 2017-09-21 16:26:06 +1000


Peter 2017-09-21 16:25:16 +1000


Tanya 2017-09-21 16:21:39 +1000

“These proposals are the very minimum our representatives should be enacting if they were really listening to the science and consulted Australians properly.”

Simon 2017-09-21 16:20:16 +1000

“I agree whole heartedly with this petition’s intentions and I’d like our politicians to serve the interests of our state and country rather than seemingly their own, often rapacious, ones.”

Sally 2017-09-21 16:18:58 +1000

“The requirement of politicians is to serve and protect the community. Justice for the poor as much as the rich is vital. And fair process for refugees with legal representation would be to give no more than we would expect if the shoe was on the other foot. Not kick them because we can.”

Sylvia 2017-09-21 16:18:36 +1000


Juanita 2017-09-21 16:15:51 +1000