Each year more than 3000 Australians die premature deaths from air pollution. Many thousands more live with diseases caused by, or made worse by, air pollution such as asthma, respiratory illnesses, and lung cancer.
Families such as Pat Murphy’s who live in the shadow of the Maules Creek coal mine in NSW, those living near the massive coal terminals in Newcastle and those who lived through the Hazelwood mine fire face the stress of not knowing what their children are breathing in and what impact it will have on their future. You can hear some of their stories in our video.
Effective regulation of air pollution is critical. Individuals cannot readily control the amount of toxins in the air that they breath. They need the law to protect them. Yet air pollution in Australia is inadequately regulated, monitored and enforced, and the situation is getting worse. We need leadership from the Commonwealth to end the regulatory mess we are in.
In the lead up to the 2016 Federal Election both Labor and the Greens have committed to developing options for new national laws for nationally significant environmental problems, and a national environmental regulator. Air pollution is one of the areas where this approach is needed.
We are calling on all parties to commit to national clean air laws for Australia and a national environmental regulator. Read about our proposal for a national framework to prevent air pollution. And sign our petition for national clean air laws.