<html><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; "><!--StartFragment--><p class="MsoHeading7" align="left" style="margin-top:7.0pt;text-align:left; line-height:normal;page-break-after:auto;tab-stops:right 17.0cm;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none">For immediate release</p><p class="MsoNormal" align="center" style="text-align:center;mso-layout-grid-align: none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:16.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU; mso-fareast-language:EN-AU"><b>Protect Habitat to Save Wildlife from
Extermination </b></span><span style="font-size:16.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU"><b><o:p></o:p></b></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;tab-stops:right 16.0cm"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Australia
urgently needs more research on protecting the habitat of our unique wildlife
“if we are not to be mute witnesses to their rapid extermination in the next
20–50 years,” according to an expert on how Australian animals adapt
physiologically to their particular environment. <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;tab-stops:right 16.0cm"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Emeritus
Professor Don Bradshaw, who held the Chair in Zoology at the University of
Western Australia for 28 years, issued his call in the November/December
edition of <i>Australasian Science</i></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt; mso-ansi-language:EN-AU;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">, published today. Among
the animals Prof Bradshaw has studied is the spectacled hare wallaby, one of
the many rare and threatened species found on Barrow Island, the site of the
recently announced Gorgon gas project.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU; mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Prof Bradshaw says that while </span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:11.0pt">“the </span><span style="font-size:11.0pt; mso-ansi-language:EN-AU;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">need to protect and
preserve Australia’s unique and diverse flora was recognised early by
legislation passed in the various states… the case was not so simple with
fauna, many species of which were regarded as vermin and others hunted for
their skins.” <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU; mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Prof Bradshaw point out: “Animals also move and,
while it is easy to protect the place where a plant grows, defining an animal’s
habitat is more difficult and depends on detailed research”.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;tab-stops:right 16.0cm"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Prof
Bradshaw says that the <i>Wildlife Conservation Act</i></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU"> in
Western Australia “does not bind the Crown” to protect the habitat of
threatened fauna. While a move was made in 1991 to address this, there is still
no legislation in place 18 years later. This means that “while it is an offence
to take or kill a rare animal it is not an automatic offence under Western
Australian law to destroy its unique habitat!”<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU; mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Nationally, the <i>Environmental Protection and
Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 </i></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt; mso-ansi-language:EN-AU;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">lists a number of
threatened and endangered species and offers protection to these and their
habitat. But, this only applies to those species listed in the Act, and only 91
of the 250-odd species of mammals in Australia are listed.<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt;mso-layout-grid-align:none; text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU; mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Prof Bradshaw identifies many threatening processes
that lead to habitat destruction and the eventual loss of biodiversity,
including “clearing for development, introducing exotic competitors like sheep,
rabbits and weeds, salinity, plant pathogens like <i>Phytophthora cinnamomi</i></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">
and fire. The effects of fire on habitat are perhaps the least well-understood,
and debate rages over the benefits and perils of prescribed burning, especially
following the devastation of this year’s Victorian bushfires.”<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:3.0pt;tab-stops:right 16.0cm"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU"><b>Summaries and quotations of
selected passages for reporting or review are permissible provided <i>AUSTRALASIAN
SCIENCE</i></b></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU"><b>
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<div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;color:black;mso-ansi-language: EN-AU"><b>CONTACTS:</b></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;color:black; mso-ansi-language:EN-AU">&nbsp;</span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;color:black; mso-ansi-language:EN-AU"><b>Prof Don Bradshaw </b>can be reached on</span><span style="font-size: 11.0pt">&nbsp;<span lang="EN-US" style="color:black">(08) 9758 1449 until 8 November, and then</span><span lang="EN-US"> (08) 9381 5010.</span></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language:EN-AU"><o:p></o:p></span></div><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top:12.0pt"><span style="font-size:11.0pt; mso-ansi-language:EN-AU">For a full copy or for permis<font class="Apple-style-span" color="#000000"><a name="OLE_LINK1"></a></font><a name="OLE_LINK2"><font class="Apple-style-span" color="#000000">sion to reproduce this
article or a photo of Prof Bradshaw with a wallaby call the Editor, </font><b><font class="Apple-style-span" color="#000000">Guy Nolch,</font></b></a></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt; mso-ansi-language:EN-AU"> on (03) 9500 0015 or Senior Correspondent, <b>Peter
Pockley,</b></span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;mso-ansi-language: EN-AU"> on (02) 9660 6363.</span><span style="font-size:11.0pt; mso-ansi-language:EN-AU"><o:p></o:p></span></p>

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