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Old 05-23-2012, 06:13 AM   #1
enteltcheft

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Default Environmental legislation "reform" (aka gutting)
Here are a few links and stuff to look at the proposed reforms and the drivers.

http://www.pm.gov.au/press-office/co...s-cut-red-tape

COAG signs up to proposals to cut red tape
FRI 13 APRIL 2012
Prime Minister, Minister for Finance and Deregulation

COAG has today agreed to fast track the removal of red tape for environmental assessments and approvals, after listening to the requests of business.

At the inaugural meeting of the Business Advisory Forum yesterday, business leaders raised delays in environmental approvals and assessments as a major cost. These delays, due to duplicative processes across federal and state systems, can take businesses months or even years to resolve.

Today COAG acted on that concern and the Gillard Government and states and territories agreed to fast track arrangements to use state assessment and approval processes by March 2013.

The removal of these regulations will protect the environment whilst ending the costly delays that result from double-handling and duplication.

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(not sure how will continue to protect the environment when EPBC has much higher standards than the state environ legislation but that would be business request side of things .. )

the EPBC page

http://www.environment.gov.au/epbc/reform/index.html
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:00 AM   #2
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after listening to the requests of business. says it all.
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:59 AM   #3
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>>not sure how will continue to protect the environment when EPBC has much higher standards than the state environ legislation but that would be business request side of things ..

Here in WA the gov appears very pro-development to the detriment of the environment and existing state legislation is considered by many to be very old and weak in terms of environmental protection. For example habitat for threatened species is not protected.

From the pm link:

>>COAG agreed that the Australian, state and territory governments would work to fast-track the development of bilateral arrangements that would allow the Commonwealth to accredit state and territory assessment and approval processes.

This may be a good thing if the commonwealth requires a more robust state assessment and approval process. But there had better be some robust appeals measures at the commonwealth level due to potential variations in interpretation of the law (or internal advice by gov departments) by pro-development states...
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