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A day after a major UN committee report revealing unprecedented and disastrous levels of species and habitat loss, Scott Morrison says "green tape" is a major threat to jobs, along with militant  unions, in an effort to ramp up the government's campaign against Bill Shorten.

Does Australia have a problem with too much environmental regulation? The 2016 State of the Environment report produced for the government itself found "Australia’s biodiversity is continuing to decline (with some exceptions...), and new approaches are needed to prevent accelerating decline in many species." It concluded: