ALCA supplementary submission to the Senate Inquiry into Australia’s extinction crisis on EPBC reforms

The EPBC Act is in compelling need of holistic reforms which should be progressed as a matter of urgency commensurate to the seriousness and urgency of Australia's nature crisis.
ALCA supplementary submission to the Australian extinction crisis inquiry on EPBC reforms

The EPBC Act is in compelling need of holistic reforms which should be progressed as a matter of urgency commensurate to the seriousness and urgency of Australia’s nature crisis.

For any meaningful environmental legislative reform package to succeed, it must be accompanied by serious Federal Government investment in nature.

A strong an independent statutory Environmental Protection Agency should be legislated as part of any broader and holistic EPBC Act reform package.

Ministerial call-in powers related to EPA decision-making should only be utilised in extraordinary circumstances. When they are used, they must be fettered by a set of legislated public interest criteria. The reasons for the Minister’s decision must then be published and structured against each of the public interest criterion upon which the Minister seeks to rely for their decision.

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