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Tony Abbott and Campbell Newman on behalf of the polluting industries

The move comes as a UNESCO report warned coastal developments in Queensland were posing a risk to the reef.

Tony Abbott’s push to cut green tape would benefit (?)  Queensland first by: Steven Scott   The Courier-Mail June 04, 2012   QUEENSLAND would become the first state to gain greater control over environmentally sensitive developments if Tony Abbott wins the next election.

The federal Opposition has struck a preliminary deal with the Newman Government to allow it to take control of all approvals under federal environment laws, with the exception of offshore developments.

Federal opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt has been in talks
with some states about a possible handover of approval powers to allow
faster processes if the Coalition wins power.

He said Queensland had the most advanced proposals to cut “green tape”
and the Coalition would use the state as a model for streamlining
development applications…… State Environment Minister Andrew
Powell has won backing from Mr Hunt for a plan to roll out strategic
approvals across the whole state, rather than the current process of
individual assessments.

The plan is based on discussions between the federal and Queensland
governments for a strategic plan for developments affecting the Great
Barrier Reef….. The move comes as a UNESCO report warned coastal
developments in Queensland were posing a risk to the reef.

June 4, 2012 - Posted by | politics, Queensland

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