House debates

Thursday, 3 September 2020


Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020; Second Reading

5:15 pm

Photo of Mr Tony BurkeMr Tony Burke (Watson, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for the Arts) Share this | Hansard source

I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Watson from moving the following motion immediately:

That the House:

(1) affirms the principle of the standing orders that the third reading should happen on a subsequent day and that should occur for the current bill before the House;

(2) acknowledges that environmental laws are crucial to protect the environment and that we're in the middle of an extinction crisis;

(3) notes that environmental laws also affect job creation and investment certainty; and

(4) accordingly asserts that environmental law changes should be properly considered, not rammed through this House.

In the middle of a debate about environmental laws, we have a bulldozer in front of us—a bulldozer that's just wanting to charge through legislation, that doesn't want to have debate.


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