Powerful agribusiness lobbying and erosion of regulations driving deforestation to new heights in Australia

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

A surge of deforestation in eastern Australia driven by cattle ranching has made it one of the world’s worst places for forest destruction, facilitated by a powerful agricultural lobby that is eroding the rule of law.

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Queensland farmers accused of defying federal order to cease clearances

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Farmers in Queensland are suspected of defying a federal government order to cease clearing land in a barrier reef catchment area which hosts several endangered species.

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Queensland deforestation crisis building to a “tsunami”, conservationists warn

Monday, November 13th, 2017

New figures show that deforestation in Queensland jumped 33 percent in 2015-16, due in part to the failure of the federal government to crack down on illegal clearing.

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Unauthorised clearances highlight environmental “crisis” in Queensland, Australia

Monday, July 31st, 2017

More than 130 hectares of trees have been cleared by a cattle rancher in Queensland, Australia, despite a government minister ordering an end to the deforestation in 2015. The deforestation is part of a broader crisis in the state after the environmental protections governing clearances were weakened in 2013.

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