Australian Lungfish update

I just received word from Per Ahlberg that the status of the Australian lungfish conservation efforts have reached a critical phase: letters are needed NOW. Here’s the situation:

The Traveston Dam proposal has moved into a new and critically important phase: it has been referred to the Federal Environment Minister (Mr Ian Campbell) for consideration under the Federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Ian Campbell has the power to stop the dam, but if he doesn’t it is unlikely that any other organisation or individual will be able to do so.

The first hurdle that must be crossed in order to stop the dam is to ensure that the Minister does not allow the Queensland Government to conduct the EPBC assessment of it’s own proposal – something that he is entitled to do. This would be a recipy for disaster as they would be certain to conclude that their own proposal is environmentally sound! The assessment must be carried out by the Federal Environment Ministry to ensure a proper process.

The Save the Mary River Campaign is asking supporters to write to Mr Campbell and a number of relevant senators to demand a proper assessment, and provides some very helpful information and instructions. This is URGENT: letters have to be received before 27 November.

You can get details here—start writing!


  1. George Klein says

    I thought things like this only happened in third world countries or the United States.

    George (An American)

  2. G. Tingey says

    Yet again ….

    Our ancestors were criminals
    Sent far across the sea;
    Their recreations alcohol
    And bestiality;
    The perfect Sheila’s four foot tall,
    Flat-headed,with no hair;
    I rest my lager on her head –
    Advance, Australia fair!

    We sodomoise the bandicoot,
    We rape Kaola bear;
    No furry creature’s safe with us –
    Advance, Australia fair!

    Our cultural diversity
    Goes on and never stops:
    We may have killed the Abos, but
    We’ve let in Greeks and Wops;
    We rule not just the swimming-pool,
    Nor yet the cricket-square;
    We top the melanoma leagues –
    Advance, Australia fair!

    We mount the duck-billed platypus,
    Pork-sword Echidnas rare;
    No monotreme stays virginal –
    Advance, Australia fair!

    Our interests intellectual
    Are broad and wide and deep;
    From group projectile vomiting
    To buggering of sheep.
    We’ve urbanised green coastlines, and
    We’ve turned locations rare
    Into a blight of bungaloids –
    Advance, Australia fair!

    We masturbate marsupials,
    Screw dingoes in their lair;
    The native fauna’s safe with us –
    Advance, Australia fair!

  3. SEF says

    There wasn’t much chance of postage from the UK reaching Australia in time. So I’ve tried e-mailing some of the addresses. However, a couple of the ones from the older blog entry bounced immediately: = Henry Palaszczuk = Desley Boyle

    Have these people been replaced in the meantime, changed their government address formats or simply decided they don’t like getting email?!

  4. Byron Harian says

    W r grp f vlntrs nd strtng nw nttv n cmmnty. Yr blg prvdd s vlbl nfrmtn t wrk n.Y hv dn mrvlls jb!