Strengthening Environmental Laws

Labor will continue its proud record on environmental protection.

A Shorten Labor Government will support the re-establishment of Environmental Defenders Offices (EDOs), so they can continue to ensure that Australian environmental laws are complied with by corporations and governments.

Labor believes that EDOs play a vital role in environmental protection by providing access to justice for individuals and groups who could not otherwise afford to take on large companies whose proposed actions may have adverse environmental impacts on those individuals and communities.

In the first 100 days of forming government, a Shorten Labor Government will convene an expert reference group to work in partnership with industry and environmental groups to develop the detail of new environment laws.

A Shorten Labor Government will improve environmental protection and streamline the environmental approval process by:

  • Re-establishing the Federal Government’s responsibility for protection of matters of national environmental significance.
  • Retaining Federal Government powers of approval under federal laws.
  • Streamlining assessment processes with States and Territory Governments to remove unnecessary duplication.
  • Developing new frameworks for truly national protection and management of Australia’s natural environment.
  • Exploring options for an independent environment protection structure.
  • Reinstating the principles of democracy, respect and protection of rights for civil society involvement in environmental matters, including funding for Environment Defenders Offices (EDOs), a commitment $10.8 million over four years.

In stark contrast, Abbott-Turnbull Government have shown over the last three years in office that they have no regard for our precious environment or those who stand up to protect it.

Read the fact sheet for more on Labor's plan for environmental law here