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Wednesday, 26 March 2014
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Standing Council on the Environment and Water

(Question No. 71)


Ms MacTiernan asked the Minister for the Environment, in writing, on 6 March 2014:

(1) Is there a plan for an ad hoc meeting on the Standing Council on the Environment and Water; if so, for when is it scheduled.

(2) Has he been nominated by the Prime Minister as Chair of the National Environmental Protection Council (NEPC); if so:

(a) on what date, and

(b) when does he plan to convene a meeting of the NEPC in his role as Chair.

(3) What assessment and/or reporting is the NEPC undertaking in respect of a potential national container deposit scheme.

(4) What is the status of the decision made by the Standing Committee on Environment and Water in August 2012 to push ahead with work to find better ways to manage Australia's packaging waste.

(5) Has a Decision Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) been developed on packaging impacts by the Standing Committee on Environment and Water to undertake a more detailed analysis of the seven options contained in the Consultation RIS including regional and other distributional impacts.


Mr Hunt: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Standing Council on Environment and Water was abolished by the Council of Australian Governments on 13 December 2013. An ad hoc meeting of environment ministers is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 29 April 2014.

(2) Yes.

(a) 17 October 2013

(b) Tuesday 29 April 2014, concurrently with the ad hoc meeting of environment ministers.

(3) None, this work had been undertaken by the Standing Council on Environment and Water.

(4) This work is in progress.

(5) Yes, the draft Decision Regulation Impact Statement is currently with the Office of Best Practice Regulation for clearance.