The Senate Red Tape Committee has released an interim report on environmental assessments and approvals. Interim recommendations include reinstating the One Stop Shop policy, repealing the standing provisions that allow ENGOs to challenge govt decisions, and expediting the review of the EPBC Act. The Senate Committee will deliver its final report in December 2017.
The interim report coincides with the release of an IPA report calling for the de-centralisation of threatened species management, claiming a “surge” in threatened species is hindering development approvals.
For a reminder of why a One Stop Shop approach to environmental approvals won’t improve environmental outcomes, read Nari Sahukar’s great overview.