The environment minister Sussan Ley has held a press conference to pressure Labor over its opposition to changes over the EPBC Act.
“This legislation is good for the economy, it’s good for the environment and it’s particularly good for jobs in Western Australia,” Ley said, pointing to support from WA premier Mark McGowan.
“Anthony Albanese cannot say one thing in this parliament, and another when he gets to WA.
“Federal Labor is not on board with WA and with the jobs agenda.”
Lisa Cox has previously reported on the correspondence between the federal government and the WA government about transferring environmental powers to the states.
Despite independent senator Jacqui Lambie saying the legislation was “dead in the water”, Ley said she was continuing to consult with the crossbench, despite the government pushing back against demands for strengthened environmental standards.
“We’re talking very…