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Conservationists and scientists call for action on extinction crisis

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17 August 2018

Conservationists and scientists call for action on extinction crisis

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, will join conservationists and scientists to highlight the extinction crisis in Australia, and the importance of the current Senate inquiry into threatened animal species.

Information about the inquiry is available at nications/Faunalextinction and the closing date for submissions has just been extended to 10 September this year.

“In National Science Week, there’s no better time to highlight the fact that Australia is facing an extinction crisis,” Mr Wilkie said. “Australia is one the most ecologically diverse countries but we must act to ensure that stays the case.

“So many important animal species are on the brink of disappearing forever, such as the swift parrot. Now is the time for the community to have their say and I encourage everyone to make a submission to the Senate inquiry so their voice can be heard.

“The fact is that federal environmental laws aren’t doing the job. The Government needs to act immediately to stop the fast-paced environmental destruction occurring in Australia.

“There also must be legislative reform across jurisdictional boundaries to ensure stronger protections and the restoration of threatened species, endangered ecological communities and damaged marine ecosystems.

"Nobody supports extinction. This Senate inquiry is a great opportunity to get a handle on required reforms and begin the process of bringing parliaments, communities and stakeholders together on a common approach to species protection that actually works.

For more information: Tim Hurd 0447 427 292

Authorised by Andrew Wilkie MP 188 Collins St Hobart

WHO: Andrew Wilkie MP, Independent Member for Denison Vica Bayley, The Wilderness Society Assoc Prof Neville Barrett, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies marine biologist Dr Eric Woehler, BirdLife Tasmania Greg Irons, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Nick Mooney, Tasmanian devil and wedge-tailed eagle expert

WHEN: 10:30am TODAY 17 August WHERE: Entrance to the old Beaumaris Zoo, Queens Domain HOBART (on Lower Domain Rd, before the entrance to Government House when travelling from Hobart)