Call for greater protection on National Threatened Species Day

There are less than 1500 southern cassowaries left in the wild, and the iconic bird is listed as one of 1,785 nationally threatened plant and animal species in Australia.

Today on National Threatened Species Day, Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said the Greens would move for greater protection for Australia's threatened species.

"Australia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world, so we have a special responsibility to protect our unique species," Senator Waters said.

"The endangered southern cassowary, native to my home state of Queensland, is critical to ecosystems in the Wet Tropics and is a major boost for eco-tourism in the area.

"When Parliament resumes, I will move a motion calling on the Government to strengthen our environmental laws to preclude development which pushes already threatened species to a higher level of endangerment.

"Our federal environment laws are meant to protect biodiversity: it's time they delivered.

"The rate of species extinction is greater now than at any time in human history.

"Australia's biodiversity is inherently precious, and must be preserved for future generations."

Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC said changes in planning and development are needed to arrest the decline of threatened species. She welcomes stronger national environmental protection laws proposed by Senator Waters.

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