Thursday, 7 March 2013



(part 1)

Response of the Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage To Agenda 21

 by Graham Williamson
March 2013 (Revised Ed)


This paper is about Agenda 21 and its implementation in Australia. Its primary purpose is to examine the implementation process and assess its democratic foundations and whether the politicians have permitted Australians to make an informed democratic choice. Claims by Greg Hunt, the Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage that Agenda 21 is a 20 year old, dead, non-binding declaration which he had never heard of until 1 year ago, are tested and compared to the facts as established from extensive government documentation.

Using extensive cited documentation, combined with personal correspondence documented in the Appendix, the following fundamental facts have been established.

  1. Agenda 21 and associated imported sustainability programs are shown to have been implemented extensively and pervasively, and by both major political parties and by all 3 levels of Government in every state of Australia for nearly 20 years. AG21 has penetrated from Canberra to local communities everywhere. It shapes our legal system, our economic system, our environmental system, our political system, and even the education of our children. It is not possible to imagine a more massive political policy, yet it is consistently excluded from the electoral agenda and the official policies of all major parties. Agenda 21 is the most massive far reaching political policy in the history of Australian Federation yet it is being enforced upon us, and our democratic right to choose has been consistently denied by both major political parties.
  2. The evidence indicates the consistent political refusal to publicly declare AG21 policy has been deliberate. All major parties have shown a consistent determination to implement Agenda 21 as undeclared or covert policy. As a result, community ignorance about AG21 and its implications are widespread. This refusal to inform Australians and enable them to make an informed electoral choice constitutes a deliberate attack on democracy and the freedom to choose.
  3. Although pervasively embedded into government (undeclared) policy at all levels, when directly questioned about AG21 our elected representativesgo to extraordinary lengths to either avoid the subject or pretend it is not being implemented. From all my enquiries, not one politician or bureaucrat eagerly responded by openly detailing the many ‘advantages’ of AG21, or the ways in which the tentacles of AG21 are being implemented through the various government departments. Implementation of Agenda 21 is based upon a failure to accurately and truthfully inform Australians. It is based upon deception and trashing of democracy.

Since the facts are perfectly clear, the questions must be answered: Why does the Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage feel the need to deny implementation of a policy far bigger than any other policy, a policy which has been implemented throughout Australia for 20 years? When will the Shadow Minister, the Liberal Party, and all our elected ‘representatives’, reveal the truth? When will they restore democracy and enable Australians to make an informed choice? And how does the Liberal Party propose to protect national sovereignty, human rights, and property rights, while at the same time surrendering control to foreign agencies?

Although I have given the Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage every opportunity to explain his position, and the position of the Liberal Party, as yet (March 2013), he has failed to respond to the issues I have raised. He has yet to express any concern whatsoever about the denial of democratic rights implicit in the implementation of AG21. His decision that it is best to remain silent rather than explain is highly incriminating and, in my view, further consolidates the attack on truth and democracy.

This is a massive scandal and it is why our politicians are desperately trying to shut the debate down. It is a scandal that dwarfs even the CO2 tax and climate change.

The Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage has claimed ignorance about AG21, a claim he can no longer make. But yet he continues to refuse to answer my questions about the Liberal Party’s AG21 policy at the next election. Why?


In recent decades Australians have been increasingly sold out by their political representativeswho now increasingly represent big business and global political organisations such as the UN rather than Australian citizens. Nowhere is this better exemplified than the implementation of the UN Agenda21 program which has been implemented by both major parties for twenty years without giving Australians a democratic choice. Australian politicians claim AG21 is an ‘embedded’ policy and therefore there is no need to declare it to voters or give them a democratic choice. And the mainstream media, predominantly controlled by global interests, also remains complicit in this mass deception.

One person who is at the forefront of Australian politics and should be well informed about bipartisan ‘environmental’ initiatives such as AG 21, is Greg Hunt, currently the Shadow Minister forClimate Action, Environment and Heritage. Between 1994 and 1998, Greg worked as a senioradviser to the then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer. In 2004 he became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage and in January 2007 was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. After the November 2007 Federal election, Greg was appointed Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Urban Water, a role that brought together the great interests of his time in parliament. In September 2008 his role was expanded to include all water responsibilities. In December 2009 Greg’s role was expanded once more when he was appointed Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage.

Greg has clearly been well situated, over a long period of time, to observe the implementation of AG21 first hand. The following account details Greg’s inability to respond, or deliberate determination not to respond, to simple questions about the implementation of AG21.

In my correspondence with Greg Hunt I asked the following questions with his partial responses in blue below (see Appendix A for full details).

  1.  When your government warned in their 2006 State Of the Environment (SOE) report that councils around Australia were exceeding their legislative authority in implementing Agenda 21, what steps did you or the Liberal party take to prevent this?  Did you lobby the state parties? Did you or the party follow this up? What action was taken? Do you still agree with this assessment?
  2. So what will your Agenda 21 policy be should you win government? Will you be seeking to work with the Premiers to discipline Councils which are implementing Agenda 21? Or will you be more proactive and encourage Premiers to introduce legislation banning Agenda 21, as is occurring overseas?
To summarise.

Fact 1
Agenda 21 is being implemented nationwide by state governments and councils. Do you deny this?

Fact 2
Though you claim that I had never heard of it raised once during the entire period of the Howard Government in the party room or in ministerial discussions” in fact it was included in the 2006 State Of the Environment (SOE) report under your watch. Do you deny this?

Fact 3
Since the continuing implementation of AG21 is a simple fact, this raises serious questions about who is taking political responsibility for this since the electorate has never been given a democratic choice and politicians, like yourself, deny knowledge of it even though bureaucrats under their portfolio are implementing it (as is clearly evidenced from enclosed) Do you deny this?. Part of the problem of course was the decision by successive governments that Australia needed an imported sustainability program, one that was designed by a foreign agency and was monitored by the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD and part of UN). Of course, governments, such as the Howard government, were required to send annual implementation reports to the CSD.

Response from Greg Hunt.

There is nothing to ban. It is a 20 year old non binding declaration.
I can honestly tell you that I had never heard of it raised once during the entire period of the Howard
Government in the party room or in ministerial discussions.....
For the final time i had never heard of the issue, heard it raised by Ministers, MP's or constituents until 19 years after the thing was apparently signed...... Given that for the first 19 years the issue appears to have escaped both of our attention can I respectfully suggest that the discovery of a dead, irrelevant declaration 19 years after the fact may cause everyone to be calm...... I will respectfully draw this engagement to a conclusion and encourage you from here to approach State based Governments as we have no powers over local Governments.

So according to Greg, AG21 is a “20 year old non binding declaration”, it is a dead, irrelevant declarationand he has never heard of the issue, heard it raised by Ministers, MP's or constituents until 19 years after the thing was apparently signed.Greg then advised me he no longer wished to discuss it saying he wished to draw this engagement to a conclusion.

In my subsequent unanswered response I drew Greg’s attention to the Government’s web site:

If you look on the Government’s web site: you will see Australia's commitment to Agenda 21 is reflected in a strong national response to meet our obligations under this international agreement.”

I then asked Greg: Is this what you mean by a dead irrelevant declaration?

So although the Government states it is implementing AG 21 with a strong national response to meet our obligations under this international agreement”, according to Greg it is a 20 year old non- binding declaration” or “dead agreementwhich he has never heard of until recently. Where on earth has he been? Greg’s blatant denial of both our “strong national responseand our obligations”, even after 20 years of implementation throughout Australia, is indeed alarming.

As Greg should also be aware, Agenda 21 is the cornerstone (1, 2, 3, 4) of the Commonwealth Government’s National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development which states:

“the Rio Declaration and Agenda 21 provide a broad framework for global sustainable development.

As pointed out by Bayside Council’s 2003 submission into the Commonwealth Government’s Inquiry into Sustainable Cities 2025:

Australia’s National Strategy for ESD provides a national framework for the implementation of Agenda 21. The National Strategy fulfils the obligation Australia entered into in Rio De Janeiro to implement Agenda 21.

Bayside Council further emphasised the importance of implementation of AG21 at state and local council level:

Victoria does not have a separate ESD or sustainability statement. There are, however, a series of statutory and non-statutory tools and programs that implement the National Strategy, and Australia’s obligations under Agenda 21, at a State level. State environment protection policies, Flora and Fauna Guarantee Action Statements and the Victorian Planning Policy are examples of the statutory (legal) tools...... LA 21 provides the context for all the operations of a local authority. It is not a discrete program which sits alongside strategies for waste management, parks and gardens, transport planning and community services. Rather, the vision of sustainability and the goals and targets of LA 21 should set the direction for all of the activities of local authorities. In this sense, it is an umbrella program, a strategic long term framework for directing action towards sustainable development.

Two years later, in 2005, Victoria introduced their Victorian Local Sustainability Accord.

Further, Australia was required to report to the United Nations CSD every year with comprehensive reports regarding Australia’s implementation of this so-called or supposed “dead” “non-binding” AG21 agreement (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13). For instance, in 1996, when Greg was working as senior advisor to Alexander Downer, the Australian government obediently issued their report to the UN regarding implementation of AG21:

Australia's report to the UNCSD – 1996

Implementation of Agenda 21

Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1996 
ISBN 0 6422 4868 0

About this Report

What is a national report ?

Countries report to the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in response to a decision of the first CSD meeting, held in June 1993, to request all countries to provide annual voluntary information. National reports focus on national measures to give effect to the commitments to Agenda 21 entered into at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 1992.

The commission further decided that the information to be provided by countries in 1994, 1995 and 1996 should concentrate on those issues scheduled for discussion at the CSD's meetings in those years. Together, these three reports will form a comprehensive national response to Agenda 21. The CSD uses national reports to measure, in broad terms, international progress towards the implementation of Agenda 21. It also tries to develop a database of priorities, approaches and impediments which could be relevant to developing further international responses to issues of sustainability.

See Part 2 HERE

Even before the Government had agreed to Kyoto 2, Greg Hunt had embraced it -]

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