Coalition prepared transfer of environmental powers to states months before EPBC review reported

Correspondence between federal and WA governments shows Scott Morrison proposed a bill as early as February

The federal government was preparing to legislate to hand environmental approval powers to state governments at the beginning of the year, well in advance of recommendations from a review of national laws that proposed such changes.

Documents obtained by Guardian Australia under freedom of information laws show Scott Morrison told the Western Australian premier, Mark McGowan, in February he wanted to introduce a bill to transfer environmental approval powers to state governments by midyear.

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