Originally published in The Australian Financial Review on October 7, 2014

The Abbott government has proposed a “one stop shop” approach to environmental protection to reduce so-called “green tape” and speed planning. The Commonwealth will no longer have oversight for a wide range of developments and it will be left to state governments to consider the national benefit.

No one complains about duplication when it comes to national security – we have both federal and state police. Why complain about other regulation? Not all risks, it seems, were created equally.

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