Wednesday, 15 August 2007
- That the Senate notes that:
- (a) a new scientific study, The Nature of Northern Australia, has found that northern Australia has the largest and least damaged tropical savannah in the world;
- (b) northern Australia is emerging as one of the last great natural areas on earth and that its ecosystems are globally significant;
- (c) good land management practices will be critical to the long-term survival of northern Australia’s pristine environments;
- (d) elsewhere in the tropics, and in the rest of Australia, the health and functioning of lands and waters have been impaired and that inappropriate development is a major threat to the northern Australian savannah; and
- (e) a new approach to development and conservation is needed to ensure that northern Australia remains one of the world’s great natural places.