Bid to cut green tape bogs down in detail:
|Illustration: Rocco Fazzari|
As green groups geared up for a big summer protest campaign against the move, the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, will tell business leaders on Thursday that negotiations to strike handover deals with each of the states had hit legal complications and state processes that failed federal environmental standards.
Govt retreats from environment planBut Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Peter Anderson said it was important for governments to follow through on commitments to streamline green and red tape.
Business wanted a single-track environmental approval process and was unconcerned about which level of government provided it, as long as it ended duplication, he said.
Environment Minister Tony Burke last week said he shared concerns about recent environmental decisions made by some state governments.
But in terms of the fundamentals of the COAG process, the position of environmental groups differed to the federal government, he said.
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