PHCC has made a submission https://peel-harvey.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/050_2020_05_12_EPBC_Review_Submission_JO-signed.pdf) to the Australian Government’s review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.
The EPBC Act contains the nation’s key environmental protection laws and is undergoing a once-in-a-decade review. The key message in PHCC’s submission is that the current Act requires a major overhaul for it to protect the country’s nationally-significant biodiversity. The current Act does not provide adequate protection to slow, let alone reverse, the loss and degradation of our unique flora, fauna, Ramsar site and landscapes that we are currently witnessing. Any requests to streamline development assessment processes should be a secondary consideration for the legislative reform process, and any changes to assessment processes must be benchmarked against higher standards of environmental protection, and applied uniformly across the nation. A reformed EPBC Act should be a great collaborative project across federal and state governments. Sounds like a job for the National Cabinet. For more information on the Review, visit https://epbcactreview.environment.gov.au/