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HEADS OF GOVERNMENT AGREEMENT

In developing such agreements, states will take into account their impact on local government. The Commonwealth`s responsibility is to fulfil the obligations under international agreements and Commonwealth legislation relating to waters outside those waters under state control under the constitutional regime at sea, unless there are formal management agreements between the Commonwealth and the state (for example). B specific fisheries) or where the waters are managed directly by the Commonwealth (for example. B of the Great Marine Barrier Reef). The Commonwealth is responsible for controlling dumping in Australian waters. The Commonwealth has an interest in developing and implementing the Regional Forest Agreements and the Declaration on National Forestry Policy, as well as in relevant international agreements, including the Rio Declaration of Forest Principles, the International Convention on Tropical Woods, the report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Committee on Forests and Action 21. The Commonwealth will ensure that its legislation provides a framework for the recognition and implementation of bilateral agreements. Policy development, program delivery and decision-making should be the responsibility of the government level, which is best placed to achieve agreed outcomes. The Commonwealth has an interest in developing and implementing wildlife and weed control measures and programs set out in national strategies, agreements, policies and control plans. In November 1997, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) approved the Principle of Heads of State and Government on the role and responsibility of the Commonwealth in the environment. Subsequently, all heads of government and the Australian Local Government Association signed the agreement.

2. For proposals other than those that are the subject of a bilateral agreement, the evaluation and approval process on a case-by-case basis is streamlined to achieve safer, faster and more open decision-making. The Commonwealth has an interest in resolving inter-judicial environmental disputes in which states disagree and the proposal is cross-agreed with the Commonwealth. “Community responsibility” refers to the performance of obligations under the above international conventions and/or the management of applicable Commonwealth legislation. These powers may be exercised in cooperation and/or consultation with other parties to this agreement. 6. When a proposal that is not covered by a bilateral agreement is formally notified to the relevant public authority, and: 3.

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