Thursday, 21 March 2013
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2013; Consideration in Detail
The opposition accepts these amendments in good faith on the basis that they make the transitional arrangements for 52 projects currently under assessment easier to progress. This bill has been confused and chaotic, and we are amazed and surprised that the government made such a hash of the drafting. It is consistent with other legislative failures, whether in relation to the media bills or certain fisheries bills which have essentially had to be withdrawn and redrafted on the fly and on the run. It is indicative of the general approach to legislative chaos which has been shown by this government. We are pleased that they are fixing up the mistakes they have made in a bill which was only introduced in the last few days. Having said that, we do not want to stand in the way of minor improvements.