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



Elizabeth 2017-09-21 07:54:49 +1000

“Fight corruption”

Donna 2017-09-21 07:25:31 +1000


Sharyn 2017-09-21 07:02:46 +1000


Rohan 2017-09-21 07:00:20 +1000

“Politicians have to start serving the people FIRST and there is clearly a conflict of interest that is swaying policy and government funding in the interests of their donors. Take Adani, on that note. And let’s add that these major corporations CANNOT supply free staff to the offices of our elected representatives.”

Julia 2017-09-21 06:47:44 +1000


Stephanie 2017-09-21 05:18:19 +1000

“We’re only asking for what should be in place already; it just makes sense!”

Erin 2017-09-20 23:36:16 +1000


Kirsten 2017-09-20 23:09:23 +1000

“Simply we need the EPBC act to actually protect as it should. We need climate change policy to include the fact that gains made in other areas are eroded by habitat destruction.
We need State legislation to reflect the Biodiversity convention, we need on ground up to date surveys by independant ecologists.
We need effective water safety and flow protections. We need the EPA effective .
We need effective inclusion of harm created by the use of chemicals banned overseas for many years.
We need transparency in all areas.
And we must have reliable uptidate data available to All.
We need to acknowledge developer offsets are not going to help re habitat destruction and never did and never will..
we need stronger effective laws.. more people staffed in all areas of environmental protections , enforced compliance.. stronger penalties.
And infringements by developers very very heavily penalised.
We need councils held to account , we need planning departments to ensure all protections are in place and followed before granting approvals,
We need independant overseeing of development and we need the wording re significant habitat reworded to actually protect what is significant.
We need the minimisation of harm principle to be recognised.”

Susan 2017-09-20 23:06:43 +1000


Christene 2017-09-20 22:50:41 +1000


Neil 2017-09-20 22:37:54 +1000


leonie 2017-09-20 22:27:31 +1000


Erica 2017-09-20 21:56:20 +1000

“Support all these key reforms and in particular do not back coal developments & support renewable energy”

Jennifer 2017-09-20 21:38:42 +1000


Peggy 2017-09-20 21:23:00 +1000

“It’s heart-breaking to see what we’re letting developers and money-centric folk do to our beautiful state. We need real change to safeguard this paradise.”

Laura 2017-09-20 21:13:08 +1000

“The disastrous vegetation clearing in Queensland must be stopped.”

Marie 2017-09-20 21:10:18 +1000


Catherine 2017-09-20 20:54:07 +1000

“The government is letting us down. Time to transition to renewables. No new coal mines.”

Tina 2017-09-20 20:52:52 +1000


Gail 2017-09-20 20:37:01 +1000

“Strengthen koala habitat (including urban habitat) protection laws.”

Betty 2017-09-20 20:27:15 +1000

“My support.”

Chrystal 2017-09-20 20:07:52 +1000


Carly 2017-09-20 19:46:49 +1000


Emma 2017-09-20 19:38:32 +1000


Alex 2017-09-20 19:35:39 +1000


Luca 2017-09-20 19:30:18 +1000


Leah 2017-09-20 19:28:49 +1000


Caitlin 2017-09-20 19:27:18 +1000


Bernadette 2017-09-20 19:09:55 +1000

“Save our Great Barrier Reef, The Spit and Ramsar Wetlands. Stop governments being influenced by developers donations.”

Maria 2017-09-20 19:05:27 +1000