Effective regulation of air pollution is critical to ensuring Australians are safe from air pollution. Individuals cannot readily control the extent to which they are exposed to harmful air-borne pollutants. They need the law to protect them.
The problems with the way air pollution is currently regulated in Australia are many and complex. However the two critical elements that are currently lacking are strong Commonwealth Government leadership on standard setting to break the current regulatory logjam and mechanisms to ensure implementation of the national standards occurs at state, territory, regional and pollution-source levels.
The Commonwealth Government should take seriously its responsibility for achieving clean air across Australia by implementing a national scheme for air pollution that is binding on States and Territories – an Air Pollution Prevention Act. The Air Pollution Prevention Act should protect the health of all Australians, wherever they live.
Report produced by: Environmental Justice Australia
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