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Report of the Third Review of the National Environment Protection Council Acts (Commonwealth State and Territory) December 2012 National Environment Protection Council Response to the Report of the Third Review of the National Protection Council Acts

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Report of the Third Review of the National Environment Protection Council Acts (Commonwealth State and Territory) December 2012 National Environment Protection Council Response to the Report of the Third Review of the National Protection Council Acts

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Tabled paper 599

Collection

Tabled papers for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2013-10-17

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Deemed

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Language

English

Subject

Tabled papers

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application/pdf

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2019C01116

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/275013

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/424650

Page content

14 National Environment Protection Council NEPC Acts Third Review 2012 The Acts should retain a process for developing National Environment Protection Measures and potentially other future national decisions. EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL ACTS AND NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION MEASURES FRAMEWORK, NOW AND IN THE FUTUREPART 4 National Environment Protection Measures are an important tool for national action for environmental protection and should be retained. OBJECTS OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION COUNCIL ACTS (4.1) Consideration should be given to amending the Act to more directly state the purpose of the Actrather than have the object of the Act dependent on the establishment of the National Environment Protection Council. The objects of the Act should be amended to: - recognise the purpose of protection of the Australian community and the environment from harm - better reflect the Council of Australian Governments objectives of a seamless and harmonised national economy. BROADENING THE SCOPE OF THE TOOLKIT FOR NATIONAL ACTION (4.4) The scope of the National Environment Protection Council Acts should be amended to allow the National Environment Protection Council to make a National Environment Protection Measure on any environmental protection matter as determined unanimously by the National Environment Protection Council. Any proposal to amend the National Environment Protection Council Acts should investigate broadening the scope of the National Environment Protection Council Acts and establishing a framework for national decisions implemented through jurisdictions, and enable the setting of environmental performance standards for products and equipment. The preferred approach should be determined following detailed consideration of the specific needs of any scheme. As the Standing Council on Environment and Water considers the National Plan for Clean Air, Council of Australian Governments chemicals reforms and other priorities, consideration should be given to adopting a framework approach in any legislative proposals to maximise the utility of the toolkit available for national action. Such proposals should include consideration of amending the National Environment Protection Council Acts, as well as alternative legislative approaches.


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