Deborah's Diary

Over the weekend I spent several hours on the phone to United States attorneys about the Koala Protection Bill. As you know AKF has wanted this for many years and I am now convinced that it is essential. When I met with the lawyers face to face a few weeks ago, we identified some of the potential issues that were not relevant to Australian legal conditions and researchers have now evaluated that...
I am back in Australia and very glad to be home. Sometimes though, looking at things from far away can give you new perspectives and I must confess I have returned home, like all Australians very grateful for the beautiful country we call home and of course to my team and my home. Mr. Darcy was particularly pleased to see me. What we have to remember is that the Koala is now listed as vulnerable...
I am currently attending the IABC Conference in Chicago. You may remember I won the IABC Excel Award last year and this year I had the privilege of handing over the trophy to the next winner – Ms. Irene Lewis from SAIT Polytechnic in Canada. She and I are now the first two women to win this Award. It felt great to be back. IABC are a group of communicators and hanging around with internal and...
I think in years to come, last week will be seen as an historic moment. I went to Canberra to be with Senator Bob Brown (a famous and incredibly respected politician and conservationist) and Senator Larissa Waters, a newly elected Senator to make public their intention to table a Koala Protection Bill into the Parliament in June. This will begin a hopefully short journey towards the enactment of...
Tomorrow at 10.15 a.m. (Wednesday 23 rd May, 2012), Senator Bob Brown and Senator Larissa Waters will announce their intention to table a Koala Protection Bill in the Federal Parliament of Australia. This is the first step towards the Koala’s very own piece of legislation that will be nationwide and designed uniquely for them. This is a huge step and the beginning of either a short or long...
The Australian Koala Foundation has welcomed with caution, the listing of the koala as Vulnerable under the EPBC Act by the Minister today, but is shocked and saddened that the koalas in Victoria have been left unprotected. It is disheartening to read that the Minister has fallen for the old and sad myth that koalas in Victoria have "eaten themselves out of house and home". When the United States...
Yesterday was ANZAC Day - a day where we commemorate those who have fallen in war for freedom and the principles that our country holds dear. Interestingly enough last week we found this image of a "pet koala" in Cairo and I found it quite incredible, really, that an Australian First World War soldier (we often call them Diggers) was able to get it there in the first place and secondly keep it...
Last night I spoke in a small community hall in the bush and the subject was “Do Koala Offsets Work?". A koala offset policy is basically this: a developer buys or owns a piece of land that is prime koala habitat and instead of saying OK, this is koala habitat, how can I develop this sensibly and with sensitivity, they are allowed to knock that habitat down and then buy another piece of land...
On the 30 th April, 2012 Minister Burke is due to announce his decision about whether to list the koala and I do not hold out hope that he will give a blanket cover to protect koalas across the entire range. We have seen several letters from Minister Burke and his department indicating that they see the National Koala Conservation Strategy as the way to proceed which would by and large leave...
As I predicted Minister Burke is postponing the decision to list the koala for a further 10 weeks . I’m sure you as global supporters see this as just another obstacle that we must overcome both as koala advocates and as one global community working towards a shared goal. The intentions behind this decision are becoming clearer by the day. We shared a map with you highlighting 6 electoral seats...