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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bioregional Plans) Bill 2011

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2011

 

 

 

 

 

The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Senate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bioregional Plans) Bill 2011

 

 

 

Explanatory Memorandum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circulated by authority of

 

Senator Richard Colbeck, Tasmania

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Outline:

 

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bioregional Plans) Bill 2011 seeks to make bioregional plans disallowable instruments, as per the provisions in the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 .

 

Under the current provisions for bioregional plans within the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act , a bioregional plan as prepared under subsection (1) or (2) is not a legislative instrument.

 

As such, the Minister for Environment currently has sole power to approve the adoption of bioregional plans.

 

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Bioregional Plans) Bill 2011 seeks to remove the absolute power of the Minister with respect to bioregional plans and to provide Parliament the opportunity to oversight in the bioregional plan process.

 

Financial Impact:

There is no financial impact.