Dear Sir/Madam, Please protect our iconic Australian animals especially the koala by protecting their habitat. The second reason international visitors come to Australia is to see National Parks and Australian animals: please do not jeopardise all this for short term gain. it would be a sad Australia with the only koalas in zoos! Every year the world gets 33 trillion dollars worth of environmental service free from the natural environment: this is good economics! Let's protect this . let's be intelligent about protecting biodiversity for our children and for future generations. I am particularly concerned with proposed changes that will: -> Repeal the Native Vegetation Act 2003 and Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 - these are important laws that have led to a significant decrease in land clearing and habitat loss; -> Remove the requirement to maintain or improve biodiversity values, leading to a decline in environmental outcomes, soil health, water quality and salinity; -> Limit important safeguards, such as red flag areas for environmentally sensitive areas; -> Expand the use of self-assessable codes, allowing landholders to clear trees with little oversight and; -> Increase the use of biodiversity offsets, with variations to like for like offsetting and allowing proponents to clear trees in exchange for paying money into a fund. I call on the government to withdraw the Draft Biodiversity Conservation Act and Local Land Services Amendment Act, and commit to laws which will genuinely improve outcomes for nature. Please count this as my submission to the proposed biodiversity conservation reform package. I give permission for this submission to be made public. Yours Sincerely, Cath Ireland 2431

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