A national inquiry into extinction of Australian wildlife is currently underway and individuals and organisations have been invited to make submissions. The Senate recently referred “Australia’s faunal extinction crisis” to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry.
The inquiry includes the wider ecological impact of fauna extinction, adequacy of Commonwealth environment laws and monitoring practices, assessment processes and compliance mechanisms for enforcing Commonwealth environmental law, etc.
ZAA have completed a submission to the inquiry addressing two of the terms of reference:
- A) The ongoing decline in the population and conservation status of Australia’s nearly 500 threatened fauna species.
- H) The adequacy of existing funding streams for implementing threatened species recovery plans and preventing threatened fauna loss in general
As a conservation-based community, our members may also wish to make a submission. The closing date for submissions is 10 September 2018.