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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act-government's response to the independent review

Question
Larissa Waters 25 Aug 2011

On Thursday 25 August I used my first question (pp49-50) to probe for details on the three most alarming aspects of the government’s EPBC response – use of biodiversity offsets, absence of a water trigger, and moves to delegate to the states some of the federal government’s decision making powers. The government took most of my question and two supplementary questions on notice, but I was still able to give a 5 minute impromptu “take note” speech (p. 60) following question time. I raised our alarm at the federal government relinquishing any part of its responsibility for the environment and called for strong federal environmental laws because the states have done such an atrocious job, elaborated on our concerns about offsets being a means of developers buying their way out of the rules, and stressed the urgent need for a water trigger to ensure that activities like coal seam gas can be properly assessed.

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