Koala move 'green tape': Newman
A MOVE to put koalas on the national list of threatened species is another Federal Government tactic to increase green tape and potentially hinder the construction industry, the Queensland Premier believes.
Federal Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Minister Tony Burke announced on Monday koala populations in NSW, Queensland and the ACT would be listed as vulnerable under national environmental law.
While the NSW Government commended the move, Premier Campbell Newman slammed it and said it was all about increasing green tape.
"I went down to Canberra for my first (Council of Australian Governments) meeting and that day I met with the Prime Minister and we said we are going to get rid of green tape," he said.
"(Then) what happens? This Federal Government continues to increase green tape and this announcement about koalas is all about that as well.
"This Government had already inherited protections for koalas, which were intended to bolster protections.
"This is more mindless green tape and delayed obstruction by Canberra."
The koala listing means the Federal Government could impose conditions on plans for new mines, housing and logging operations to stop them from interfering with koalas and their habitat.
Mr Newman said he is concerned this could interfere with the construction sector.
"As soon as heard about this I was very worried not for developers but for the carpenters and joiners, the sparkies, the concreters, the people who work in industry and are doing it tough," he said.
"And at a time when we we're prepared to get the construction sector going again we have the Federal Government who wants to put another level of green tape in the way."