The Australian Greens have today condemned the decision to allow cattle grazing in the Alpine National Park and announced plans to reintroduce a bill to protect our national parks.
"The writing is on the wall for environment in Australia, with Tony Abbott pushing his 19th century ‘environment is for man' attitude," said Senator Christine Milne, leader of the Australian Greens.
"Given Mr Abbott thinks we have too much protected forest, this outrageous assault on the integrity of our precious national parks will be just the start.
"This comes on top of his move to log World Heritage forest in Tasmania and dump into the Great Barrier Reef. The Greens will stand up to every single anti-environment decision from the Abbott government."
Greens Senator for Victoria, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that he will introduce the Environment and Biodiversity Conservation (Abolition of Alpine Grazing) Bill to protect the Alpine National Park.
"Allowing cattle grazing in our national parks is environmental vandalism," said Senator Di Natale.
"The Greens introduced a bill in 2011 to comprehensively ban the practice but it wasn't necessary because the then Labor Environment Minister intervened. Given the Coalition's attack on the environment I plan to introduce the bill into the Senate and assume that Labor will be consistent with their previous position and support my bill.
"Greg Hunt won't get away with the same excuse that Japan uses for whaling - his ‘scientific inquiry' into Alpine grazing is a fraud.
"National parks account for less than four per cent of Australia's land mass, yet the Abbott government is going to let the state and territory governments threaten these areas with grazing, shooting, logging and mining. We need national protection for our national parks - they're simply too precious to lose."