Environment groups release final report card

November 8, 2001

Environment groups release final report card

Australian Conservation Foundation - The Wilderness Society - Greenpeace - Friends of the Earth - Total Environment Centre - Arid Lands Environment Centre - Conservation Councils of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, ACT, Western Australia, Northern Territory & South Australia

With two days to the federal election, a coalition of national and state environment groups have today released a final report card on the four major political parties.

During the election campaign the groups have been closely monitoring the parties on their environment policies, commitments and performance to date, and have made their assessments accordingly.

A recent Saulwick poll in key marginal seats in Adelaide, Melbourne, Northern New South Wales and Brisbane found that over 85% of undecided voters say the environment is important in determining how they will vote.

The poll also found that the pro environment parties of the Greens and Democrats are attracting between 10 - 17% of the vote in these marginal seats where preferences will be crucial to the outcome.

The groups found that across the major environmental challenges facing Australia, the Greens scored A+'s, the Democrats A's and B's, Labor mainly B's and the Coalition mainly D's.

Parties were graded from A+ to D- and further details on how the rankings were determined are available at www.acfonline.org.au/election2001.

/ energy reform (Forests D, pulls down grade) (Marine B- pulled down by appalling forest record)

The groups stress the report cards are an assessment against the comprehensive and positive vision for Australia provided by them to all political parties prior to the election.

For further information contact:

Cam Walker
Friends of the Earth Australia
Mob: 0419 338 047

Don Henry
Australian Conservation Foundation
Mob: 0418 501 395

Peter Mullins
Mob: 0412 188 278

Virginia Young
The Wilderness Society
Mob: 0417 223 280

Kathy Ridge
Conservation councils
Mob: 0438 899774