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ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AMENDMENT (RETAINING FEDERAL APPROVAL POWERS) BILL 2012

Senator Waters, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1063—That the following bill be introduced:

 A Bill for an Act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to prevent the Commonwealth from handing responsibility for approving proposed actions that significantly impact matters protected under the Act to a State or Territory, and for related purposes.

Question put and passed.

Senator Waters presented the bill and moved—That this bill may proceed without formalities and be now read a first time.

Question put and passed.

Bill read a first time.

Senator Waters moved—That this bill be now read a second time.

Explanatory memorandum: Senator Waters, by leave, tabled an explanatory memorandum relating to the bill.

Debate adjourned till the next day of sitting, Senator Waters in continuation.