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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:

The poor state and declining trend of Australia’s biodiversity are an issue of particular concern. For instance, the number of species listed as threatened under the EPBC Act continues to rise. Since 2011, the number of species listed in the critically endangered category has increased by 31, and two species have been reported as likely extinct. Overall pressures on biodiversity have mostly increased since 2011, and the status of biodiversity has mostly decreased...