The draft platform would commit Labor to carrying out “root and branch reform of federal environment laws” and to a “strong, well-resourced, science based, independent environment institutional structure with strong legislative and financial basis to proactively protect environmental assets”. Putting the decisions with an independent agency would allow occupants of the environment portfolio to conduct more frontline advocacy on behalf of the environment. Labor right pushes for conference majority as Shorten faces test of leadership Read moreActivists report there is some internal resistance on the idea of a second environmental agency with a policy focus. “Whether changes mean the minister gets more responsibility or an independent agency sets the standards and makes sure they are adhered to is a matter Labor is still consulting on,” he said. At the last national conference, in 2015, LEAN followed the same strategy of building grassroots support for a strengthening of party policy.
Source: The Guardian May 16, 2018 18:00 UTC