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New environment protection laws threatened by industry interference

The Northern Territory’s peak environment group has condemned today’s decision by the Gunner Government’s to wind back community rights in its proposed environment protection laws following pressure from industry lobbyists.

 

“We strongly support the Gunner Government’s efforts to introduce modern environmental protection laws, and are appalled that Minister Moss has abandoned a central element of the reforms at the first sign of opposition from industry,” said Shar Molloy, Director of the Environment Centre Northern Territory.

 

“Minister Moss has pre-empted the public consultation process, bowing to industry pressure before the community has had a fair opportunity to comment on the new environment protection laws,” said Ms Molloy.

 

The draft Environment Protection Bill and Environment Protection Regulations were released for public comment on 5 October, with submissions due on 3 December 2018.

 

“Restricting the right of the community to challenge unlawful and inappropriate environmental approval decisions will reduce public accountability, increase corruption risk and place public health and the environment at risk.”

 

“Industry claims that community appeal rights will stifle economic development simply don’t stack up. New South Wales, our country’s largest state economy, introduced open standing and merits review for environmental and planning decisions in 1979 and its economy continues to prosper.”

 

“Government needs to stay the course and deliver on its commitment to introduce fair and effective environmental protection laws, rather than pandering to self-interested industry lobbyists.”

 

“We’ve seen the impact of poor environmental regulation in the Territory, with developments like the McArthur River mine leaving a lasting legacy of toxic pollution and environmental harm.”

 

Ms Molloy encouraged the community to have their say on the draft environmental protection laws, including community appeal rights, during the consultation period, which closes on 3 December.

 

For more information on making a submission, visit: www.denr.nt.gov.au/environment-information/environmental-regulatory-reform.

 

Media contact: Shar Molloy, Environment Centre NT, Director 0488 112 350

New environment protection laws threatened by industry interference

The Northern Territory’s peak environment group has condemned today’s decision by the Gunner Government’s to wind back community rights in its proposed environment protection laws following pressure from industry lobbyists.

 

“We strongly support the Gunner Government’s efforts to introduce modern environmental protection laws, and are appalled that Minister Moss has abandoned a central element of the reforms at the first sign of opposition from industry,” said Shar Molloy, Director of the Environment Centre Northern Territory.

 

“Minister Moss has pre-empted the public consultation process, bowing to industry pressure before the community has had a fair opportunity to comment on the new environment protection laws,” said Ms Molloy.

 

The draft Environment Protection Bill and Environment Protection Regulations were released for public comment on 5 October, with submissions due on 3 December 2018.

 

“Restricting the right of the community to challenge unlawful and inappropriate environmental approval decisions will reduce public accountability, increase corruption risk and place public health and the environment at risk.”

 

“Industry claims that community appeal rights will stifle economic development simply don’t stack up. New South Wales, our country’s largest state economy, introduced open standing and merits review for environmental and planning decisions in 1979 and its economy continues to prosper.”

 

“Government needs to stay the course and deliver on its commitment to introduce fair and effective environmental protection laws, rather than pandering to self-interested industry lobbyists.”

 

“We’ve seen the impact of poor environmental regulation in the Territory, with developments like the McArthur River mine leaving a lasting legacy of toxic pollution and environmental harm.”

 

Ms Molloy encouraged the community to have their say on the draft environmental protection laws, including community appeal rights, during the consultation period, which closes on 3 December.

 

For more information on making a submission, visit: www.denr.nt.gov.au/environment-information/environmental-regulatory-reform.

 

Media contact: Shar Molloy, Environment Centre NT, Director 0488 112 350