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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
10 December 1999
Environment Minister Robert Hill today released a consultation paper on the possible application of a 'greenhouse trigger' under the Commonwealth's new Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.
The release of the consultation paper implements a commitment given by the Prime Minister in May that the Government would, upon passage of the EPBC Act, begin a process of consultation with the States and other stakeholders on the issue of applying a greenhouse trigger.
Senator Hill said that the introduction of a greenhouse trigger would mean that new projects that are major greenhouse emitters would be assessed under the EPBC Act.
"The Commonwealth's new environmental laws, which come into effect in July next year, provide for a co-operative national scheme of environmental protection and biodiversity conservation.
"Today I am pleased to invite comment on the technical and policy issues raised in the greenhouse trigger consultation paper," Senator Hill said.
"The Commonwealth already has in place a range of greenhouse abatement measures worth almost a billion dollars over the next five years. Programs such as the Greenhouse Challenge and Cities for Climate Protection have received outstanding levels of community support and industry participation.
"Introducing a greenhouse trigger would provide another measure for addressing our international responsibilities in relation to climate change and ensuring Australia meets its Kyoto target."
Senator Hill said the consultation paper was available on the Environment Australia website at http://www.environment.gov.au/epbc. The period for public comment closes on February 18 2000.
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