- Ms Plibersek released a 50-page plan responding to the damning findings of the Samuel review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act
- Conservation groups have welcomed the move, saying it will help take the politics out of critical decisions.
- WWF-Australia says the long-overdue response to the review was a strong start.
It found the laws are not fit for purpose, calling them ineffective, outdated and incapable of producing good outcomes for animals, plants, habitats and heritage places of national significance.
But they’re also surprised the door has been left open for willing states and territories to obtain accreditation and assess developments on behalf of the Commonwealth, under EPA oversight.
Queensland will be the first cab off the rank on regional planning, with other states interested too, she said.
She also promised the new system would result in less red tape, and deal with unnecessary duplication.
Long-overdue report is a strong start, WWF says
Cumulative impacts were not holistically addressed, there was a lack of integration with the states and territories, and the result was an unsustainable trajectory of decline for Australia’s most important plants, animals and ecosystems.