"A growing global push to halt biodiversity decline, most recently agreed at
the G7 on Sunday, leaves Australia out in the cold as the federal government
walks away from critical reforms needed to protect threatened species.
The centrepiece recommendation in a landmark independent review of Australia’s
national environment law was to establish effective National Environment
Standards. These standards would have drawn clear lines beyond which no further
environmental damage is acceptable, and established an independent Environment
Assurance Commissioner to ensure compliance.
But the federal government has instead pushed ahead to propose its own, far
weaker set of standards and establish a commissioner with very limited powers.
The bill that paves the way for these standards is currently before parliament.
If passed, the changes would entrench, or even weaken, already inadequate
protections for threatened species. They would also create more uncertainty for
businesses affected by the laws."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics