Deborah's Diary

The Koala Protection Act is now written and I have taken advice from my colleagues in the United States and we think it should work to save Koala habitat. Now the hard work begins. More later… Deborah
Our new Government will be sworn in tomorrow and the new Environment Minister will be Mr Greg Hunt. Mr. Hunt is well known to the AKF and as soon as he settles into his chair, we will ask for a meeting with him to discuss Koala conservation federally. Mr. Hunt knows that the AKF is against the powers that protect Koalas being taken away from Canberra and we will fight that vigorously until a...
This weekend Australia goes to a Federal election and I am hoping that many people will think about the Koala on the day . The Koala cannot vote and does not have a voice, but of course we do. I think most Australians are sick of the electioneering and want it over and done with. I feel I fall into that category too. There is no use going over past mistakes about what previous Governments did or...
How many Koalas in any given landscape give the Koala population long term viability? Is it 1000 or 5000 and over what area of landscape? No-one really knows is the answer. Even though the Koala is probably the most researched animal in Australia, we still can’t answer this fundamental question. As we approach the next federal election it is my view that the candidates who win the seats of...
The Prime Minister yesterday called an election for September 7th (K-Day) and this gives all of you ( and the Koala Army ) to voice your opinion on the protection of the Koala. If you go to Act or Axe , you will find the AKF’s scientific assessment of the number of Koalas in each federal electorate, a comment from me and worse still an estimated number from our federal government which basically...
Last night a TV report showed that Koalas are being killed by bulldozers in blue gum plantations . These trees which have been the life blood for Koalas in Victoria over the last 10-15 years are now being felled and as my regular readers will know, we foreshadowed this was happening. It is now out in the open and I must congratulate the carers, the women who spoke out on the show. This can put...
I am not exactly sure where to start with this diary because in recent times our Federal politicians have just turned our country upside down. Our Prime Minister was replaced overnight and the federal election which was due for 14th September is now up in the air. To be truthful our Parliament is looking more and more like a school yard. So, why is this important for the Koala? Because the AKF is...
Are you recruiting for the Koala Army - nothing is more important right now.
Yesterday, one of our long term supporters Colin popped into the office and talked about many things with me. He is a wise and very curious man and as always I learnt a great deal from him. The one line that resonated with me was that he thinks many of our leaders have the “arrogance of certainty”. I am still percolating on these words and over the coming weeks when I go bush for a little bit of...
Nearly two months since I have written and all I can say right now is that I continue to be dismayed at the lack of commitment by our political leaders about the protection of the environment and all I can say to that is; a Koala Protection Act is essential. And the only way to get that; the Koala Army . Join, it costs nothing and I think you will have fun watching as we proceed to K Day –...