Yesterday, an interim review into Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 was released.
According to the Independent review, “Australia’s natural environment and iconic places are in an overall state of decline and are under increasing threat. The current environmental trajectory is unsustainable.”
Chaired by Graham Samuel, the review has outlined a number of recommendations that include introducing an independent watchdog and a national environmental standard that all states must comply with. The federal government has rejected the recommendation to implement an independent watchdog to oversee environmental legal decisions.