Tuesday, 8 September 2009
National Threatened Species Day
- That the Senate—
- notes that Monday, 7 September 2009 is National Threatened Species Day;
- acknowledges the significance of the date which is the anniversary of the death of the last known thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) in captivity in 1936 at Hobart’s Beaumaris Zoo;
- concern at the continuing decline of Australia’s biodiversity and the increasing levels of threat and endangerment faced by Australia’s endemic species, with 125 endemic species now listed as critically endangered, and
- alarm at accelerating levels of species threat in northern Australia, as noted by a meeting of wildlife experts in Darwin in February 2009 that reported on a ‘new and potentially catastrophic wave of mammalian extinctions’;
- notes that Australia leads the world in mammalian extinctions, with 40 species lost over the past 200 years; and
- calls on the Government to increase funding for the listing and protection of threatened species, habitats and communities and the preparation and implementation of management plans.
by leave—The government does not support this motion. Given the need to balance the range of demands on funding across all portfolios, the government believes that the funding available for the listing and protection of threatened species, habitats and communities and for the preparation and implementation of management plans is appropriate.