Opinion

Environmental decision making means a merits review

By Joel Townsend and Kim Rubenstein
April 16 2024 - 12:02am

The Commonwealth government can be congratulated for introducing new legislation to create an Administrative Review Tribunal to replace the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. In doing so, it has affirmed the importance of providing a practical, accessible means of reviewing government decisions. Yet some of the most consequential government decisions - approving actions with potentially significant environmental impact - are currently excluded from this straightforward means of review.

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