Australian news network reveals illegal bulldozing cover-up

Last night the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) exposed a shocking story of illegal land clearing, undue influence of wealthy agribusiness and political interference happening right here in NSW.

The story revealed that thousands of hectares of bushland are being bulldozed by big agribusiness. Worst still, when our environment department tried to investigate, leaked emails reveal Nationals MP Kevin Humphries intervened to stop them.

Take this quick online action - call for an urgent investigation into illegal land clearing today.

The ABC’s explosive investigation shows that the drive to gut our land-clearing laws is coming from a group of well-connected agribusinesses determined to bulldoze trees, not small, family farmers.

Australia has one of the highest rates of land clearing in the world. The loss of habitat is pushing wildlife like the koala to the brink of extinction.

If Premier Baird gets his way and plunders our current land-clearing laws he will not only be rewarding those who have bulldozed bushland without approval, he will be condemning koalas and other wildlife to death.

IFAW is part of the Stand Up for Nature Alliance  which is an alliance of conservation groups dedicated to improving protection for nature in NSW. We have joined forces to protect wildlife in NSW by  opposing the devastating move by the NSW Government to scrap our land clearing laws, being introduced into Parliament this week via Biodiversity Conservation legislation.

IFAW is supporting the alliance’s call for a full public investigation into illegal and unapproved land clearing in NSW to get to the bottom of what happened prior to the progression of the Biodiversity Conservation legislation.  The NSW government must not reward potential illegal behaviour by scrapping our land-clearing laws. Instead it should retain our existing laws and use committed biodiversity conservation funding to improve the current system.

Join our urgent call for a full investigation before Premier Baird passes his new land-clearing laws which could be as soon as today.

--JS

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