The ABC has learned that an Abbott government proposal to remove all equipment from Australian public land is under review.

Key points:Labor has warned of “serious consequences” if the government does not implement the banThe Australian Conservation Foundation says the ban would put thousands of people at riskThe Australian Wildlife Foundation says a ban on equipment is necessary to protect the environmentThe ABC has contacted all four major federal government departments for comment on the proposal.

Under the Coalition’s plan, all equipment including equipment from the Department of Defence would be banned from public lands in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the Northern Rivers region of Queensland.

“The Abbott Government is proposing to remove the equipment from public land in Western and Northern Australia in an unprecedented move that threatens thousands of Australians,” ABC Indigenous editor Mark Ryan said.

“These proposals are unacceptable and will have serious consequences for many, many people, particularly in rural and remote communities.”

Mr Ryan said the ban “will have devastating impacts on our remote communities”.

“It’s time to end the Abbott Government’s misguided policy to ban all Australian outdoor recreation equipment,” he said.

Topics:environmental-impact,public-sector,government-and-politics,government—state-issues,government,abbott-tony,australiaFirst posted March 01, 2019 10:40:42Contact Paul Jetta