Environment Minister Sussan Ley announced the legislatively required 10-year review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act on 29 October 2019. The reviewer is businessman Graeme Samuel supported by a four-person panel, none of whom is an ecologist or conservation scientist.
Government and industry are looking to the review to get rid of ‘green tape’. Scientists and environmentalists are fighting for stronger national laws to tackle the extinction crisis. The RFA debacle is a pertinent and cautionary model for what to expect when the Commonwealth surrenders its responsibility for the environment.
EPBC review website. Submissions due Friday 14 February 2020