That this House:
1. Condemns the federal government’s attack on the public’s right to launch legal action in response to decisions made under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
2. Notes that the federal government’s move to change the EPBC Act is part of an ongoing pattern that seeks to silence its critics and undermine our democratic freedoms, damage the environment and disempower local communities and farmers.
3. Notes that 0.4% of appeals on decisions made under the Act involve third party appeals, which is only 22 of 5500 decisions and only 2 of these decisions blocked a development.
4. Recognises that proposed changes to the EPBC Act could restrict farmer and Landcare groups’ right to appeal decisions that could affect land and water.
5. Notes legal counsel comments that restricting third-party appeal rights is likely to lengthen court cases.
6. Calls on the Tasmanian Minister for the Environment to lobby his federal counterparts to withdraw proposed changes to the EPBC Act to better protect Tasmania’s threatened species and our communities.