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Koalas still under threat in NSW despite Berejiklian’s ultimatum to Nationals

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The NSW Liberals now look like koala saviours – but green groups say much more is needed to save the animal from extinction in the state by 2050

Last week the leader of the New South Wales Nationals, John Barilaro, brought the state’s Coalition government to the brink of collapse over koala protections. Within days, the Liberal premier, Gladys Berejiklian, had stared him down and Barilaro retreated from his threats.

In comparison with the Nationals, who want to repeal new legislation aimed at protecting koala habitat, the Liberals now seem like the animals’ saviours.

Related: After the koala debacle, will the Nationals ditch Barilaro? Watch this space | Anne Davies

Related: The NSW deputy premier threatened to blow up the Coalition: was it really all about koalas?

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