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



Sarah 2017-09-21 15:12:13 +1000


Lauren 2017-09-21 15:11:44 +1000


Josie 2017-09-21 15:11:43 +1000


Ernestine 2017-09-21 15:10:43 +1000


Nigel 2017-09-21 15:09:59 +1000


Terry 2017-09-21 15:09:13 +1000


Lisa 2017-09-21 15:09:13 +1000


Pamela 2017-09-21 15:08:34 +1000

“It is imperative Government at all levels be called to account for their activities in absorbing donations from big developers with zero accountability for this.
It is time for accountable offsets which provide guaranteed future protection for land offset by greedy developers.
It is time to remove financial offsets which currently enable developers to simply pay to destroy valuable natural habitat and wildlife
It is time to substantially improve wildlife protection laws to ensure they are enforceable and cannot be negated by greedy developers – protected is protected, vulnerable is vulnerable and endangered is endangered – these terms can no longer be negated.
It is time to ensure that laws relating to wildlife spotters guarantee protection for injured wildlife from brutal deaths and that all deaths are registered, all injuries registered, cause of death registered and these files be available to the public for scrutiny so the true losses can be accounted for.
I support all other efforts of the EDO and the continued and increased funding of this vital organisation”

Andrea 2017-09-21 15:08:32 +1000


Roberta 2017-09-21 15:08:14 +1000

“In a 1st world rich economy these reforms should be an absolute given. For goodness sake Qld Government – just do it.”

Wal 2017-09-21 15:07:48 +1000

“Our planet’s on life support
Act now on the environment”

John 2017-09-21 15:07:42 +1000


Mollie 2017-09-21 15:07:30 +1000

“Please do not destroy our reef!”

tomas 2017-09-21 15:07:21 +1000


Greg 2017-09-21 15:07:01 +1000


Carolyn 2017-09-21 15:06:56 +1000

“Though not on the Qld Electoral roll I own property and business in Qld and most of my family including great grandchildren live there. I am keenly interested in, and concerned for, Queensland’s future. We need politicians who will act to protect the reef, natural environments and systems.”

Josephine 2017-09-21 15:06:41 +1000


Andrew 2017-09-21 15:06:26 +1000


Joan 2017-09-21 15:05:15 +1000


Noela 2017-09-21 15:04:24 +1000


Russ 2017-09-21 15:04:08 +1000

“These reforms seems simple and appropriate as a minimum in an organised society like Australia.
We critically need specific laws to protect our environment as individuals and corporations chase easy money, using any weaknesses globally to let the greed flourish.
The need is for balance and inter-generational fairness

Antony LEWIS

Antony 2017-09-21 15:04:05 +1000

“Kerry O’Connor
Ensure that our environment is protected. Ban developers making political donations to candidates at all levels of government but especially at local government level.”

Kerry 2017-09-21 15:03:28 +1000

“The environment is degrading on our watch. It is in the power of governments to reverse this but we must get serious about law changes. Find a way through the politics please.”

Russell 2017-09-21 15:02:31 +1000


Angela 2017-09-21 15:01:16 +1000


Richard 2017-09-21 15:00:46 +1000


Russell 2017-09-21 15:00:35 +1000

“These 7 key reforms will help Queensland return to the state it should be.”

Anna 2017-09-21 14:59:26 +1000

“Stop approving developments that:
(A) Have no supporting infrastructure such as schools and roads
(B) contribute to the gridlock and obscene death toll on Mt Lindesay Hwy between Browns Plains and Beaudesert
© Destroy habitat for remaining iconic wildlife in this area, such as koalas and quolls
(D) are turning previously rural residential areas into tiny block urban slums.

I did not sign up for this when I bought my land and these policies of approving developments willy nilly is destroying everything I have worked for.”

Liz 2017-09-21 14:59:26 +1000

“Ann Jarman”

Ann 2017-09-21 14:59:02 +1000