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Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Page: 5839


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:44): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The government is working with New South Wales to ensure streamlined and effective environmental assessments. The New South Wales reforms do not change the need for Commonwealth approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act of 1999, and hence there will be no diminution of national and environmental standards.

Question agreed to.