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International agreements and their implementation must remain the responsibility of the Commonwealth.

The matters that our national environmental laws seek to protect largely reflect international obligations that Australia has assumed under agreements dealing with areas such as threatened species, migratory species, wetlands and world heritage areas.

*In breaking news this morning, the Prime Minister is reconsidering her plans to delegate Commonwealth environmental approvals powers to the States.

It is reckless for the Commonwealth Government to hand over more responsibility for environmental protection to the States.

At the end of the day, the Commonwealth totally vacating the space of environmental protection in Australia is an overly drastic move that is just not necessary to achieve the efficiency and productivity savings advocated for by the Business Advisory Forum.

Setting national rules and standards across all sorts of spheres of life has been a trend for decades and it has been at Federal Government level that leadership has often been wielded. As far as business is concerned the long-term trend is to seek national arrangements over disparate State and Territory regimes.

Major developments - whether they be new roads or ports, or new open cut coal mines - can have serious impacts on our environment.  Fortunately, nationally important environmental features, like the Great Barrier Reef, or nationally threatened species, are protected by Federal environmental laws, and the Federal government assesses major projects to ensure that they don't destroy or significant

Scale matters.  It's logical and appropriate that our national government ought to have responsibility for matters that are of national environmental significance.

The States have a very poor record on establishing good environmental laws and administering the environmental laws that they do have. There are environmental protection laws on the State books that they don’t even use.

Welcome to our blog series '10 Reasons why responsibility for national environmental laws ought not be transferred to the States'

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Yesterday, the Victorian Government made the long-awaited appointment of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Commissioner.


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