Environment and Water

Terri's media releases in her work as Shadow Minister for the Environment and Water.

National Environment Reform - Morrison's Low Standards

By Terri Butler MP

25 February 2021

Scott Morrison’s low standards are on full display yet again, with the introduction of a second tranche of environment legislation which is inconsistent with the Samuel Review.

Productivity Commission Slams Morrison Government on Water

By Terri Butler MP

11 February 2021

The Productivity Commission has slammed the Morrison Government on water, including a project that is projected to deliver water at almost 45 times the cost of existing water. 


By Terri Butler MP and Josh Wilson MP

05 February 2021

report on Australia’s chronic and savage cat problem issued by the Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy provides a sad window into the damage being done to our biodiversity, and the shortcomings in the government’s response.

World Wetlands Day: 50 Years of Ramsar

By Terri Butler MP

02 February 2021

World Wetlands Day 2021 is an important reminder of the environmental legacies that Labor governments have delivered for Australia, but also the unprecedented threats our environment now confronts.

Transcript - ABC Radio National Drive with Patricia Karvelas - EPBC Act Review Final Report and Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle

By Terri Butler MP

29 January 2021

PATRICIA KARVELAS, HOST: A once in a decade review of environmental legislation is calling for urgent reforms to prevent the continued extinction of Australia's plants, animals and ecosystems. Former head of the competition watchdog Graeme Samuel handed his review to government in October last year, but it was quietly released late yesterday afternoon. The report backs the federal government's decision to hand environmental approvals to the states but says National Environmental Standards must be legally binding. Terri Butler is the Shadow Minister for the Environment and Water. Welcome back to the program.

Labor welcomes release of Samuel Review final report

By Terri Butler MP

28 January 2021

Labor has welcomed today’s release of the final report from the independent Samuel Review into Australia’s national environment laws, after the Morrison Government sat on it for months.

Transcript - ABC Radio Brisbane Drive with Steve Austin

By Terri Butler MP

28 January 2021

Topics: Shadow Cabinet reshuffle; Mark Butler; Richard Marles; Jobs, Jobs, Jobs; Scott Morrison is bad for Queensland; COVID -19; Vaccines; Federal Labor Queensland Team; JobKeeper; Climate Change; Samuel Review; Photo op, follow up; Renewables; Gas; Manufacturing. 

Morrison hypocrisy on dams knows no depths

By Terri Butler MP

25 January 2021

Reports today that Scott Morrison is complaining about dam delays reveal a startling level of hypocrisy after eight years of Coalition inaction on water security.

Morrison government delays and denies environmental transparency

By Terri Butler MP

15 January 2021

Today’s reports that the Morrison Government has been increasingly blocking and delaying Freedom of Information requests about environmental decision-making further demonstrate the Government’s hatred of scrutiny.

Transcript - press conference - Great Barrier Reef

By Terri Butler MP

13 January 2021

Well, it is so great to be here today in Cairns, my hometown. I always come back to Cairns as much as I possibly can, having grown up here. But today, I'm here to be here in my capacity as the Shadow Minister for the Environment and Water.
I’m in Cairns today, and we were here yesterday, to visit the Great Barrier Reef, a wonder of the natural world, such an important place for the entire globe, an important place of course for Australia, and for Queensland.