Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Regional Forest Agreements) Bill 2020

May 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76093-227-5

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Chapter 1—Introduction

  Conduct of the inquiry
  Scope and structure of this report
  Purpose of the bill
  Background and context to the bill
  Consideration by other committees

Chapter 2—Key issues

  Delivering operational certainty for the native forestry sector
  The currency and effectiveness of Regional Forest Agreements
  Consistency with the findings and recommendations of the Samuel Review
  Clarifying the intent of the EPBC Act
  Committee view

Dissenting Report by Labor Senators

Dissenting Report by the Australian Greens

  The failure of the main Committee’s report
  Leadbeater’s Possum Federal Court decision
  The bill
  A need for greater environmental protections
  The scientific evidence
  Other considerations

Appendix 1—Submissions and additional information

Appendix 2—Public hearing and witnesses

Appendix 3—Regional Forest Agreement region map

Committee Secretariat contact:

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

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526