Research Papers

The Growth Of Federal Environmental Law 1971 To 2016

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30 April 2017

Red tape costs the Australian economy at least $176 billion, or 11 per cent of GDP, each year in foregone economic output.

Environmental red tape and regulation in particular has grown significantly in recent decades.

This report provides an objective measure of the growth of federal environmental legislation since the creation of the first Commonwealth environmental department in 1971. The extent of federal environmental legislation is calculated by counting the number of pages of legislation that are administered by the various Commonwealth environmental departments since 1971.

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Morgan Begg

Morgan Begg is the Director, Legal Rights Program at the Institute of Public Affairs

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