Act or Axe

       

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Act or Axe has been an initiative of the AKF’s since 2007 when our Board made its abundantly clear that our Federal Government and its elected representatives needed to understand the Koala and its trees should and must be considered as part of their electoral responsibilities. The Federal Government is the 'custodian' of the Koala. Not zoos, not international zoos, not wildlife sanctuaries, not the average Australian, but our Government.  

Sadly, they do not behave in that fashion, and even though the Koala was listed under the EPBC Act in May 2012, trees continue to be felled.  The AKF is now convinced that the Koala will not be safe because current laws are inadequate and worse still, not enforced. We are now seeking support from Federal Members to support the enactment of a Koala Protection Act.

All Federal Candidates who won a seat in the 2013 Federal Election have now been assessed after being asked the simple question "Will you support the enactment of a Koala Protection Bill".   Most of the members have taken their party line and the answer is no.  

A Yes, and they receive a 'Claw' or [if not,] an 'Axe'.   At least one elected member will be asked to table a  Koala Protection Bill but the AKF will only table the Bill when we are sure 'we have the numbers' to support it's passing in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.  
  
There are 128 Federally elected representatives in Koala habitat of Australia so we have a lot of work to do to encourage them to support the Koala.  The Koala Army is the group that will be marshalled to encourage those politicians and if you are interested in becoming a part of that on the ground communication to your local member email d[email protected]     
 
The Koala Army will be seeking "Majors" who will be trained to keep an ongoing respectful dialogue with your local member about why he or she should receive a Claw.  
 
If you an Australian, then your vote counts, and you need to sure that your local candidate understands that you want him or her to help Koalas.   If you live overseas, then you can help by joining the Koala Army and following instructions. To find out more about Act or Axe from 2010 please click here.

Koala Habitat Then & Now

 

These maps are the result of AKF's tremendous $8m and 25 years of research.   They are simple and powerfully illustrate the dramatic impact humans have had on the landscape and the devastating losses the land has felt since Europeans first settled in Australia in 1788.  It’s not just the trees lost over the last 225 years, but the impacts of this habitat loss on thousands of species, many of which have gone to extinction.   Saving Koala trees will help species that do not have such a powerful voice.    Not to mention, us, the humans who rely on and need clean water, healthy environments and arable land.    

Click here to see a larger map of 'Koala Habitat Then & Now'.