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Recommendation 36

In the second tranche of reform, the EPBC Act should be amended to provide a sound legislative basis for the Commonwealth's national leadership and reporting role including amendments to:

  1. set out the purpose of the national State of the Environment report to provide the national story on environmental trends and condition, and require that it be independent, based on a consistent, long-term set of environmental indicators, and align the timing of the report to enable it be used as a contemporary input into the decadal review of the Act
  2. require a government response to future State of the Environment reports that should be tabled in the Australian Parliament in the form of a strategic national plan for the environment and annual reports on the implementation of the plan
  3. require a set of national environmental-economic accounts to be tabled annually in the Australian Parliament alongside traditional budget reporting.

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