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Liberals have rocks in their heads when it comes to koalas: Greens

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Cate Faehrmann
NSW Greens MP
14 November 2022

Liberal party MPs have rocks in their heads when it comes to koalas and if they think that reigniting the Koala Wars won’t harm them at the state election, says Cate Faehrmann, Greens MP and koala spokesperson.

Last week, National Party MP Dugald Saunders introduced a controversial bill that would remove protections for koala habitat as well as removing the dual consent provisions for local councils, for private native forestry.

“The Liberal MPs who allowed this bill to be brought on in the dying days of this parliament have rocks in their heads. It shows that the Liberal Party still doesn't get how much the people of NSW love their koalas,” said Cate Faehrmann. 

“Last time the Government tried to push through a National Party-sponsored koala killing bill it blew up in their face. Since then public pressure to act on koala conservation has only grown and this backlash will only be worse. 

“The previous bill saw Government MPs bombarded by thousands of emails and phone calls from the public, ultimately leading to Catherine Cusack crossing the floor and killing the bill. People expect the Government to act to protect koalas, not to make it easier to log their habitat. 

“The Greens will of course be opposing this bill and will be seeking to build a broad coalition to oppose it. Hopefully a few Liberal MPs will see sense and help us to kill this bill before it gets any further,” said Cate Faehrmann. 

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Cate Faehrmann
NSW Greens MP
14 November 2022
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