An article published by the Lowy Institute on 3 May  raises serious concerns about the litany of problems with the proposed Davis Airport which the Australian Government and Australian Antarctic Division are prepared to ignore.
Despite the huge environmental impact of the Davis Airport, the Australian Government has said that no decisions will be made until the Comprehensive Environmental Evaluation is completed. However, the Lowy Institute has highlighted Australia’s lack of adequate legislation to properly assess the environmental impacts of the proposal and the shortcomings of the EPBC Act regarding the Antarctic. The recent Samuels review found that the EBPC Act is failing to protect Australia’s environment.
“The fact that the EPBC act might not be able to properly assess the massive disturbance footprint of the Davis Airport is a major concern,” said Alistair Allan, BBF Antarctic Campaigner.
“This project is estimated to increase humanity’s impact on the continent by 40%. That means that the Australian Government will be responsible for almost half of all environmental impacts in Antarctica.”
“If Australia’s legislation can’t comprehensively assess the impact of the Davis Airport within the current legal frameworks, then it simply should not go ahead.”
“Bob Brown Foundation agrees with the Lowy Institute’s conclusion that, in setting such a bad precedent, Australia will invite other countries to do the same."
“The hope of this project is to plant Australia’s flag as a leader in the Antarctic but it will have us forever remembered as the environmental villains of the continent," Mr Allan said.