If this transition takes place under the Barnett government and they win the state election in
The information was extracted from the Energy white paper released this week,
Environmental Assessment and Approval Processes
This reform is now operational, as assessed by the COAG Reform Council in its 2009-10 report on jurisdictions’ performance against SNE NP milestones.
Environmental assessment and approval processes have been streamlined by implementing:
- bilateral assessment agreements between the Commonwealth and each of the State and Territories to provide for a single environmental assessment process of developments which would otherwise require the assessment of both the Commonwealth and the relevant State or Territory; and
- strategic assessments which allow for large-scale complex projects with multiple natures to be assessed once rather on a case by case basis.
In the past Gillard has spoken about the dangers of surrendering decision- making authority over to the states
Gillard's changed stance on oversight:
It was a signature moment for the young MP. Through the fight, she became convinced of the importance of stronger Commonwealth involvement in decisions on major projects with potentially irreversible community and environmental impacts.
In Federal Parliament, she launched an impassioned critique of politicians who wanted to surrender decision-making authority to the states, even over things like the toxic waste dump.
She criticised the Democrats in particular for doing ''a dirty deal with the Coalition to ensure that the Commonwealth government washes its hands of protecting Ramsar wetlands and hands the whole thing … back to the states''.
What is the Energy White Paper?
The Energy White Paper 2012, Australia's energy transformation, sets out a strategic policy framework to address the challenges in our energy sector and position Australia for a long term transformation in the way we produce and use energy.