Make no mistake, the fires we've experienced this summer are climate fires. Politicians must start listening to what mother nature is telling us, what the community is pleading for. We must stop the expansion of fossil fuels, restore our environment and protect our animals or this environmental and climate crisis will only get worse.
Today I have announced that as Chair of the Senate's Environment Committee I will move for the Faunal Extinction Inquiry to examine the impact of the catastrophic fires across the country on endangered wildlife and flora.
The already-established Inquiry gives the Parliament an opportunity to immediately get on with what needs to be done to protect our native fauna and flora in the wake of the fires.
Before the fires started, Australia already had one of the worst extinction rates in the world. Now more than a billion animals have been killed by fires across the country and thousands of hectares of habitat destroyed and we are only half way through summer - we don’t have time to waste.
Last week I was on Kangaroo Island. The fire-ravaged landscape looks like a warzone. Homes destroyed, lives torn apart, forest decimated and dead animals everywhere. Climate fires have been burning across the country since September, and the new year has only brought more horror, and there's still two months of summer to go.
The time for debate is over – we need a climate and environment policy that is fit for the crisis we’re in.
If you'd like to help out South Australia during this fire crisis, whether it is a cash donation, buying a bottle of wine or volunteering your time, here are some ways you can contribute.
After years of mismanagement, water theft and corruption, the Liberal and National parties are trying to blame South Australia for the Murray-Darling River being in crisis.
Barnaby Joyce and the Nationals want to cut South Australia off from the River, and cut water to the environment that is critical in keeping the lifeblood of our nation healthy --- all while their corporate irrigator mates continue with business as usual.
Every single South Australian should be furious! I am not going to sit by and let Barnaby Joyce, and the National Party, sacrifice us for their big corporate mates upstream.
This government isn't serious about getting to the bottom of the corruption, scandals and water theft plaguing the Murray Darling Basin. They just told me they don’t even plan to table legislation to give the Inspector-General they appointed more than four months ago any power to do his job until Autumn 2020.Read more
Today the Federal Court has ruled on my defamation case against former Senator David Leyonhjelm.
It is with relief and pleasure that I can inform you that we were successful. I couldn’t have done this without you.
When men do the wrong thing, they should apologise. Most men do. But when they don’t, they should be called out.
Taking legal action was a hard decision to make, and one that could not have happened without the immense support from regular everyday Australians, like you, who want better treatment and respect for women in our workplaces, our homes and our community.
Australians across the country will take to our oceans and beautiful beaches to Fight For The Bight!
I'll be at Bondi, where will you be?
From Port Noarlunga to Bondi Beach there’ll be more than 50 events stretching along our pristine coastline for a National Day of Action to tell Norwegian oil giant Equinor they’re not welcome in the Great Australian Bight.