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



Bronwyn 2017-09-21 15:44:56 +1000


Christina 2017-09-21 15:44:10 +1000


Colin 2017-09-21 15:44:07 +1000


Mark 2017-09-21 15:42:20 +1000


Geoff 2017-09-21 15:40:41 +1000

“Environmental laws are weak and riven with loopholes and gaps that wildlife fall through in vast numbers, at least 34 million a year. Laws are poorly enforced. There is pervasive lack of transparency and a worrying culture of hiding from the public gaze. Public lands and waters are virtually gifted to resource exploiters with little accountability, pervasive degradation and a poor return to the public purse. Agencies are captured by the vested interests they are supposed to be regulating in the public interest. The community has few rights to a remedy in the courts for environmental destruction. If Queensland’s wildlife and environment is to survive this poor situation has to change.”

Martin 2017-09-21 15:39:56 +1000


Matt 2017-09-21 15:39:20 +1000


Julia 2017-09-21 15:37:58 +1000


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Caitlin 2017-09-21 15:36:47 +1000


Valerie 2017-09-21 15:36:43 +1000

“Anne Boccabella”

Anne 2017-09-21 15:35:37 +1000


Paul 2017-09-21 15:33:44 +1000


John 2017-09-21 15:31:54 +1000


Stephen 2017-09-21 15:31:50 +1000


Oliver 2017-09-21 15:29:56 +1000


Sheryl 2017-09-21 15:28:41 +1000


Sabine 2017-09-21 15:26:44 +1000


Katrina 2017-09-21 15:24:40 +1000


Ariana 2017-09-21 15:24:05 +1000


Chay 2017-09-21 15:22:00 +1000

“John Parsons”

John 2017-09-21 15:20:47 +1000


Tim 2017-09-21 15:19:27 +1000

“Political donations, particularly from self interested corporations and developers, undermine our democracy at a really fundamental level. For most of us it seems like bribery by a different name. I hope you can help give governance some probity.
Ian Redpath”

Ian 2017-09-21 15:19:26 +1000

“Qld is outperforming the very worst tree clearing countries in the world at the moment, thanks to Tim Nicholls and the LNP.

The Qld ALP is as bad with its blind support for Adani coal mine and the destruction of that entire Galilee Basin if the mine and rail line go ahead.

One Nation will be worse than the LNP.

They all need to smarten up, considerably.”

Hugh 2017-09-21 15:18:38 +1000

“Great but we also basic transparency in environmental decision-making, with all permits and authorities impacting on public resources to be posted online”

Dominique 2017-09-21 15:18:27 +1000


Jordynne 2017-09-21 15:16:19 +1000

“It’ too late when the ecosystems are destroyed

Helen Taylor”

Helen 2017-09-21 15:14:05 +1000

“I’m ashamed at what our governments are doing. The environment should be protected from developers.”

Hayley 2017-09-21 15:12:58 +1000

“The Great Barrier Reef needs protection”

Felicity 2017-09-21 15:12:55 +1000