By Terri Butler MP

11 October 2020

The Morrison Government must comprehensively assess the full threats posed to native species in the wake of the national bushfire crisis.

Following the bushfires, 28 additional species, including the koala and greater glider, are to be assessed for potential threatened species listing by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee. The Committee will make two extraordinary additional assessments in coming months.
 
The fires devastated populations and habitats.
 
The Morrison Government must lift its game in ensuring that there are people in the field, under COVID-safe arrangements, assessing the true extent of the damage.
 
That is necessary to make sure future listings or uplistings are comprehensive.
 
The world is facing an extinction crisis and Australia leads the world in mammal extinctions.
 
The Morrison Government’s track record is on of making announcements and failing to deliver on time, if at all. That has been true in bushfire recovery. The Government needs to step up its efforts or else more precious Australian native wildlife will be lost.