The Federal Government seems intent on pushing through significant changes to the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiveristy Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) without a full debate on the impact of the proposed changes. And they are rejecting outright creation of an independent Environmental Protection Agency, an important recommendation to safeguard Australia’s exceptional biodiversity.
Devolving responsibility to the states, particularly without standards being finalised, will further threaten Australia’s biodiversity. An assessment by the Environmental Defenders Office found that no state or territory was able to meet federal environmental standards.
It will be an expensive, time consuming and complicated process to ensure that state legislation is able to deal with federal environmental approvals, and no federal funding has currently been offered to do this.
Make a difference to environmental laws – urge these cross benchers to reject the EPBC streamlining amendments:
Stirling Griff (Centre Alliance, SA): [email protected], (02) 6277 3128
Rex Patrick (Independent, SA): [email protected], 1300 556 115 (toll free)
Jacqui Lambie (Jacqui Lambie Network, Tasmania): [email protected], (03) 6431 3112
Malcolm Roberts (One Nation, Queensland): [email protected], (07) 3221 9099
Pauline Hanson (One Nation, Queensland): [email protected], (07) 3221 7644
Please also email a copy to [email protected].
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NPAQ made a submission to the EPBC Act Review on 26 March. We recommended an expansion of the matters of national environmental significance to include national parks among other improvements.