Report

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 [Provisions]
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2014 [Provisions]

23 June 2014

© Commonwealth of Australia 2014
ISBN 978-1-76010-021-6

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Committee membership (PDF 22KB)
Chapter 1 - Background (PDF 95KB)

Introduction
Conduct of the inquiry
Note on references
Purpose of the bills
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Overview of the Bilateral Approvals Implementation Bill
Overview of the Cost Recovery Bill

Chapter 2 - Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014 (PDF 169KB)

Schedule 1—Referral of controlled actions
Schedule 2—Flexibility in performing assessment of controlled actions
Schedule 3 Part 1—Amendments relating to water resources
Schedule 3 Part 2—Amendments relating to bilaterally accredited authorisation processes
Schedule 4—Minor amendments of bilateral agreements
Schedule 5—Miscellaneous amendments
Conclusion

Chapter 3 - Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2014 (PDF 45KB)

Cost recovery proposal
Issues related to action management plan proposals
Conclusion

Australian Labor Party Senators' Dissenting Report (PDF 85KB)

Conclusion

Australian Greens Dissenting Report - Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) (PDF 114KB)

Our national environmental laws
Previous attempt to hand over approval powers
State governments cannot be trusted
Environmental standards will fall
Authorisation processes in subordinate instruments
State and Territory processes and regulatory capacity are inadequate
Potential for conflicts of interest
Local governments are wholly unsuitable
Call-in power in the draft approval bilateral agreements
Lack of evidence base to justify handing off environmental powers
Handing over the water trigger
Conclusion

Appendix 1 - Submissions, tabled documents and answers to questions taken on notice (PDF 15KB)

Submissions
Tabled documents
Answers to questions taken on notice

Appendix 2 - Public hearings (PDF 11KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818
ec.sen@aph.gov.au

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