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Dr Mehreen Faruqi
Dr Mehreen Faruqi

Greens NSW Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has called on the incoming Environment Minister, Gabrielle Upton MP, to listen to the science, not to vested interests.

‘Minister Upton’s predecessor, Minister Speakman, but undoubtedly the worst Environment Minister in NSW’s history, pushing through land clearing laws that will accelerate climate change, decrease biodiversity and ultimately lead to more extinctions,’ said Dr Faruqi.

‘Environmental policy in NSW favours developers, miners and other who wish to pollute our environment with little consequence. NSW deserves an Environment Minister who listens to the evidence, not vested interests.

‘The new Environment Minister has an opportunity to put NSW back on the track of environmental sustainability and putting the community and the environment at the centre of decision making.

‘There is so much work to be done in NSW including a plastic bag ban, real action to improve air quality and increasing the amount of land permanently protected as National Parks after years of inaction.

‘Under previous Liberal/National ministers, the Office of Environment and Heritage and particularly the National Parks and Wildlife Service have been cut to the bone.  I hope this Minister can invest in this vital state service,’ she concluded.


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