Second Reading Speeches

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bilateral Agreement Implementation) Bill 2014

Type
Government
Portfolio
Environment
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Not Proceeding
Parliament no
44

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Summary

Amends the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in relation to bilateral agreements by providing that: states and territories can be accredited for approval decisions on large coal mining and coal seam gas developments likely to have a significant impact on a water resource; all states and territories can be declared for the purposes of requesting advice from the Independent Expert Scientific Committee; an approval process can be completed when an approval bilateral agreement is suspended, cancelled or ceases to apply to a particular action; state and territory processes that meet the appropriate standards can be accredited for bilateral agreements; a relevant bilateral agreement continues to apply to an accredited state or territory management arrangement or authorisation process despite minor amendments to the arrangement or authorisation process; and proponents do not need to make referrals to the Commonwealth for actions that are covered by an approval bilateral agreement.