SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

THE HON MARK BUTLER MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY

MEMBER FOR HINDMARSH

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

24 August 2019

BRAZILIAN GOVERNMENT MUST PROTECT AMAZON RAINFOREST

Labor urges the Brazilian Government to act urgently to protect the Amazon rainforest from raging fires, which are increasingly occurring at an alarming rate.

The Amazon has often been described as the world’s lungs. Its protection matters to the whole international community.

We call on the Morrison Government to do everything they can to encourage Brazil to respond to this rapidly worsening global disaster.

Failure to defend against or prevent these fires stands to derail any international efforts against climate change.

Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.