17 Feb 2012

Koala listing again deferred

12:07 pm on 17 February 2012

The federal government in Australia has again put off a decision on whether koalas should be added to a list of endangered animals.

The ABC reports koala numbers are diminishing and the Koala Foundation says they will be extinct within 30 years at the present rate of decline.

Environment Minister Tony Burke has signalled a listing is being considered but only on dwindling populations in certain parts of the country.

But Koala Foundation chief executive Deborah Tabart, says successive environment ministers have failed to make a decision and a Senate inquiry has found the current minister must act without delay.