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Australia Must Learn from Past Lessons to Increase Firefighting Efficiency

The implementation of recommendations made in recent government reports would facilitate more effective firefighting and fire management, which could help to significantly reduce the disastrous effects of bushfires on Australian communities.

State Level Initiatives a Success, but More Must be Done to Protect WA’s Threatened Native Species

State-led conservation initiatives can only provide marginal gains in the face of the broader effects of climate change in Australia. Comprehensive Australia-wide strategies are needed to protect already vulnerable native species from those effects. These strategies must be implemented in tandem with the successful pre-existing State Government-led initiatives.

Plan For Our Parks: Benefiting Western Australia’s Conservation Estate

There is the potential for significant benefit to Western Australia through a new programme to expand the size of the State’s conservation estate.

A Growing Global Population: Jobs for Australians

With an estimated global population in excess of nine billion in the next 30 years, the Australian agricultural sector will need to employ capable and skilled workers to meet future food production requirements.

UN Environment Assembly: Spotlight on Rangelands and Pastoralism

How will Australia’s policies for sustainable management and protection of its rangelands measure up in the upcoming UN Decade for Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030?

Marine Plastics in Northern Australian Waters: Targeted Aid Will Help Indonesia to Help Us

By working together to find ways of combatting environmental risks to Australia’s northern coast from marine plastic pollution, closer regional relationships can be achieved.

Continuing the Dialogue on Combatting Marine Plastic Pollution

A continuing, international level emphasis is being placed on a range of mechanisms, designed to reduce the prevalence of marine plastic waste and micro-plastics in the world’s oceans. Correspondingly, there is a heightened focus on developing new packing materials and reducing the production of environmentally harmful plastics.

Renewed Regulatory, Transparency and Animal Welfare Focus in Store for Australian Live Animals Export Industry

The Federal Government continues to appear to be willing to implement the recommendations of the Moss Review. If properly implemented, the measures identified could go a long way towards improving compliance and conditions in the live exports industry.

Strategic Petroleum Reserves, Energy Security and a Potential Crisis

In accordance with the terms of membership of the International Energy Agency, all signatory nations are required to hold a 90-day strategic petroleum reserve, to mitigate unforeseen crises. Australia’s reserve is below this target, which places its national and economic security at great risk.

Drought Adversity: The Need for a National Policy

As much of eastern Australia experiences historic drought conditions, there is an obvious need for a long-term policy that provides aid in times of hardship and improves general sector resilience.

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