How the new government should legislate for people and the planet



10 July, 2024


The last parliament had to grapple with a rush of poorly drafted legislation, much of which had to be amended substantially during its passage to address errors and oversights.

Successive governments have had a preference for seeking unfettered powers and capitalising on political opportunities, above the primary purpose of law making for the effective functioning of society, to protect citizens and the environment, and to provide clear rules for government, businesses and the public.

The dawn of a new government offers an opportunity to reset how laws are made and implemented, including on environmental protection. We propose ten priorities for a new approach.

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Ruth Chambers, senior fellow,

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