Senate debates

Monday, 19 June 2017



3:48 pm

Photo of James McGrathJames McGrath (Queensland, Liberal National Party, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister) Share this | Hansard source

The northern Australia investment act 2016 and investment mandate already require reputational consideration when assessing any funding application. Australia's national environmental laws, including the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 already represent a strong approach to environmental protection and enable the minister to have regard to the environmental history of a proponent when making decisions related to approval. Processes, including the courts, which are well used by green activists, already exist and are frequently used in our well-explored review processes.


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