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Mark Parnell calls on South Australian government to stop its plans to diminish environmental department

Mark Parnell MLC, 2 Feb 19, The Marshall Liberal Government is planning more cuts to staff and programs in the SA Department of Environment and Water and will transform the Department into an “economic development agency”.

This is outrageous! This Government’s wilful abandonment of the environment will send species extinct and further degrade struggling eco-systems.

The hypocrisy of the Liberals knows no bounds.  In opposition, they criticised Labor’s annual budget cuts to the environment, but as soon as they were elected they did the same, with 100 jobs axed last year and more to come.  And now they’re going one step further!

The clear message is that if the environment doesn’t make money for someone, it’s not worth protecting.  Heaven help our endangered wildlife.  If creatures like the Glossy Black Cockatoo or Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby don’t start earning their keep, the Government has made it clear that they are a lower priority.  This is not a good time to be a Hooded Plover or an Orange-bellied Parrot in South Australia.

The Marshall Liberal Government’s honeymoon period is now well and truly over.  The Government has shown its true anti-environment colours.  Any notion that they might care about species, eco-systems, sustainability and the climate, has all but disappeared.  Now, they have left us in no doubt that, in their eyes, only those parts of the environment that make money deserve protection.

The Greens are calling on the Liberals to stop the cuts and retain a Department that is focussed on protecting our environment and waterways.  They need to stand up for South Australia’s environment and River Murray.  The Government should heed the warning of the Royal Commissioner into the management of the River Murray that kow-towing to economic interests upstream only results in further degradation of the environment.

Declaring war on the environment pits this government against everyone who cares about our natural heritage. We must protect the environment for its own sake as well as for future generations.

Our environment and all the species that depend upon it for their survival, deserve better.  South Australians deserve better!

Let the Marshall Liberal Government know that you expect the Environment Minister to stand up for South Australia’s environment at all times – not just when there is an economic advantage.  Sign our petition and share your concern with family and friends.



February 2, 2019 - Posted by | environment, politics, South Australia

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