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Don't risk nation's competitive advantage, Coalition warns; and more

* Don't risk nation's competitive advantage, warns Coalition
* Climate Ready program seeks first round grant applications
* How Queensland's climate impact statement process works
* Tasmania to hold fuel summit
* IPCC issues climate change and water report

News in brief, July 2, 2008

* Tasmania issues new purchasing instructions on environmental impacts
*Tasmania initiates container deposit inquiry
* Rudd Government joins forces with Engineers Australia to overhaul infrastructure manual
* Productivity Commission says review packaging covenant in 2010, questions labelling compliance programs
* Queensland finalises environmental offsets policy


It's official: ANZ won't finance Gunns pulp mill

ANZ has confirmed it won't provide finance to Gunns Ltd for its proposed $1.4 billion Bell Bay pulp mill in Tasmania but won't say whether its forests policy was a factor.

NSW government to go neutral; Tasmania warns of leaking tanks; and more

* NSW government to go carbon neutral
* Transport ministers to investigate mandatory vehicle CO2 standard
* 20% of underground fuel tanks likely to be leaking, says Tasmanian government
* Shadow environment minister calls for clean energy target
* Westpac sets ground rules for suppliers

Tasmanian government handed scathing assessment of hazardous waste enforcement

A report commissioned by the Tasmanian government has found that poor enforcement has resulted in a 'lack of interest or intent' in complying with hazardous waste controls.

Tasmania has critically under-resourced the management of hazardous waste and unless the situation changes it will find it difficult to attract investment in much-needed new hazardous waste management infrastructure, the report warns.

Push for 'bill of rights' approach in Victorian climate Bill; plus more

* Push for 'bill of rights' approach in Victorian climate Bill
* Change laws, not just light bulbs, says Gore in new video
* Rudd to sign Australia up to international carbon markets partnership
* New NPI boiler manual released
* Tasmanian government tables water and sewerage reform bills
* Garnaut deadlines loom
* Moving beyond 'learn, burn and give': should MBAs involve a 'green Hippocratic oath'?

OECD urges Australia to get tougher on big polluters

An OECD review of Australia's environmental performance says serious breaches are 'inadequately prosecuted' in some jurisdictions and recommends that enforcement be strengthened, especially against big polluters.

The OECD also says voluntary measures often don't have 'meaningful' monitoring and compliance mechanisms and recommends greater use of economic instruments.

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