Our environmental laws should be judged by one outcome

By Suzanne Milthorpe
Updated November 3 2019 - 7:42pm, first published November 1 2019 - 12:00am

On Monday, Environment Minister Sussan Ley launched the long-awaited statutory review of Australia's beleaguered national environment law, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Ms Ley has set streamlining regulation as the key test of success for the review. But by far the more enduring test will be whether the Australian government can deliver on its core responsibility to protect our wildlife and iconic natural places and end the major threats to their survival. Right now, it just can't.

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