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The federal Environment minister Tanya Plibersek announced in the last week the development of an action plan that will assist in the protection of habitat for threatened species. Yet the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and the NSW Environmental Protection Authority continues to fail fauna and flora across the state and Australia with the country now recognised as a ‘global deforestation hotspot’.
The Boil Water Alert for the village of Nimbin has been lifted, effective immediately – but remains in place for rural users.
When Tony Abbott won the Liberal Party leadership in 2009, he said the politics of climate had changed. He was referring to soaring electricity prices and his belief that blaming these price hikes on the Rudd government’s proposed climate change commitments would bring him electoral success.