Morrison is a job delayer and a truth denier

15 June 2020

Scott Morrison’s announcements about environment law streamlining are a misleading distraction from his government’s years of job-delaying cuts in this areaDelays in project environment approvals under the Liberals and Nationals have exploded since the Liberals and Nationals came to office in 2013. 

Late project decisions blew out to 40 per cent on their watch, up from 14 per cent when they came to office. And the total number of decisions went backwards.
 
At the same time, since 2013, the Liberals and Nationals have cut environment department funding by almost 40 per cent.
 
Despite the mismanagement of approvals by his own government, Mr. Morrison now wants a pat on the back for finally trying to reduce decision delays after years of job delays caused by his cuts.
 
Devastating cuts and mismanagement in the environment department, have delayed jobs and investment through exploding major project delays.
 
Scott Morrison blames the law, the states and Labor, but the EPBC Act hasn’t changed substantively during the Liberals and Nationals’ time in office. The driver of this Government’s woeful job-delaying performance is Scott Morrison.
 
This Government has simultaneously posed a threat to the job prospects of Australians in the resources sector, and Australia’s environment.

This Government never delivers, someone or something else is always to blame, and it is the Australian people who suffer the consequences. 

Timeframe

Percent of EPBC project decisions made on time

Source

2009–10

94%

Annual report 201112, p. 241

2010–11

90%

Annual Report 201112, p. 241

2011–12

86%

Annual Report 201112, p. 241

2012–13

86%

Annual report 201213, p. 109

2013–14

76%

Annual report 201314, p. 193

2014–15

75%

Annual report 201415, p. 188

2015–16

74%

Annual report 201617, p. 62

2016–17

64%*

Annual report 201718, p. 43

2017–18

62%

Annual report 201819, p. 41

2018–19

60%

Annual report 201819, p. 41

March quarter 2019–20

87%

Quarterly assessment performance report, 31 March 2020


MONDAY, 15 JUNE 2020