Court decision shows Commonwealth and CLP Governments have failed to protect the environment and provide economic certainty

Minister for Environment Lauren Moss has today welcomed the Federal Court decision to set aside the approval of the Port Melville marine supply base.

“I welcome the decision that has been handed down by the Federal Court,” Ms Moss said.

“It shows why robust and responsible assessment processes were crucial for environmental protection and also economic and employment certainty.

“The Commonwealth and previous CLP Governments must take responsibility for the uncertainty their failure to follow proper process has created.

“The proper consideration of environmental impacts of development proposals is crucial for effective decision making and sustainable development across the Territory into the future.

“The decision demonstrates the lack of transparency and accountability of environmental assessment processes that occurred during the term of the former CLP government.

“Labor’s plans for comprehensive reforms to the Environmental Assessment Act will help ensure such a lack of oversight does not occur in the future. “We understand that proper environmental processes protect the environment and provide confidence for business to invest.”

Minister Moss also commended the environmental organisations that fought hard for today’s decision.

“It is important to acknowledge the hard work that environmental organisations like the Environment Centre NT(ECNT) and the Environmental Defenders Office NT undertake to achieve outcomes like this one.

“Independent scrutiny of both Territory and Commonwealth Government provides for robust environmental decision making and is why our Government is providing 5 year operational funding of $100,000 to the Environment Centre NT and the Arid Lands Environment Centre and $50,000 to the Environmental Defenders Office NT.”