Prime Minister Scott Morrison is pushing big subsidies for gas as a key part of the upcoming budget and our economic recovery from the pandemic. Subsidising the gas industry means there’s less to spend on communities who are struggling as a result of the pandemic. Recovery spending should benefit people and the environment, not just serve the interests of multinational fossil fuel companies that pay little or no tax, and employ very few Australians.
What even is the EPBC?
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) was passed by the Howard Government to protect ‘nationally significant’ animals, plants, habitats and places from any potential negative impacts before changes in land use or new developments are approved.
The EPBC covers:
As a movement, we have a responsibility to recognise that the fight for justice for First Nations people and racial justice is at the heart of the fight for climate justice.
We also have a responsibility to stand with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and People of Colour in Australia and around the world.
350 Australia is tracking the fossil fuel lobby and its attempts to use the Covid-19 health crisis to its advantage. We will be providing a weekly update to developments in the area and highlights of the week to come.
Updates for 23-29 May:
Nev Power, head of the National Covid-19 Coordination Commission, is set to appear before the Senate Select Committee into Covid-19 on Thursday June 4th.