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Reducing Green Tape or Rolling back IA in Australia: What are each jurisdiction up to?

Green Tape

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been practiced in Australia and the rest of the world for over 40 years, but despite its successes, EIA may now be facing its biggest challenge since it came into being in 1970 with the US National Environmental Policy Act. Governments, both State and Commonwealth, are looking to stimulate economic growth by promoting major projects. Governments and industry wants to speed up and reform the approvals processes, including environmental, calling for the cutting of ‘green tape’. This study is a critical examination of the potential consequences of these “reforms”, including whether these efficiency changes will deliver sound environmental management and sustainability-oriented decision-making.

Research team:
Associate Professor Garry Middle, Curtin University (lead) ; Dr Beverly Clarke, Flinders University; Dr Daniel Franks, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining; Professor Lex Brown, Griffith University; Associate Professor Jon Kellett, University of South Australia; Professor Stewart Lockie, Australian National University; Associate Professor Angus Morrison-Saunders, Murdoch University; Dr Jenny Pope, Adjunct Research Fellow, Curtin University; Professor John Glasson, Oxford Brookes University; Elizabeth Harris, Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of NSW; Ben Harris-Roxas, Harris-Roxas Health.