Major developments are those that cost an estimated $30 million and for residential construction, including the construction or modification of 100 or more dwellings; or for commercial developments, they have a net rental area of 20,000 square meters. While government agreements require supporters to respect the existing environmental legal framework (both in the countryside and at the federal level), environmental and other issues are the subject of wider debate in Parliament. During the debate, members of the Green Party stated that they were opposed in principle to the state agreements because they were “inherently anti-competitive”. Members of the Green Party also oppose state agreements on environmental grounds. The recently amended agreement (the North-West-Shelf Agreement) was strongly rejected by Members of the Greens due to concerns about the environmental impact and the inflexibility of the extension of the term until 2071. The Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020, which began on April 20, 2020, authorizes a local government to suspend by decision the operation of a specific local law or certain provisions of a local law passed by the local government under that or other law. The resolution is merely adopted when a COVID emergency declaration comes into force; and only if the local government believes that the resolution is necessary to deal with the consequences of the COVID 19 pandemic. Decisions must be published on the local government website and communicated to the relevant minister. The Minister is also authorized to amend or suspend, by order, the application of the 1995 Local Government Act or the relevant regulations, provided that a COVID emergency declaration is in effect; and whether the Minister believes that the injunction is necessary to deal with the consequences of the COVID 19 pandemic. Last month, NWS joint ventures made changes to the joint venture`s governance documents that allow third-party gas processing through the NWS project facilities. The North West Shelf (Woodside) Agreement and the Railway and Port Agreement (The Pilbara Infrastructure Pty Ltd) are just two recent examples of agreements that have inserted local content commitments.

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