However, I think states should be forced to have environmental laws as good as those passed by the Commonwealth, if not better. I think it is entirely acceptable for states to intervene when they are prepared to pass laws that guarantee equal or better protection of environmental values, and I think that the principle of subsidiation contributes to what we will achieve, which will lead to the federal Parliament not being fully responsible for environmental legislation.  2.3.1 Each state will remain responsible for the development and implementation of environmental policy, which will not have a significant impact on matters within the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth or any other state. (5) The parties agree that decisions made by all levels of government on environmental management and resource use should take into account the national distribution of species and other national considerations adopted in the protection of nature. 6.49 COAG`s finance ministers were followed in March 1998 by a consultation paper, reform of Commonwealth environmental legislation, published by Environment Minister Robert Hill. The consultation paper was preceded by the introduction of the Environmental and Biodiversity Protection Act in 1998 by the government in the Senate in July 1998. The bill replaces several existing Commonwealth environmental laws, including the EP (IP) Act. According to the consultation document, the measures to improve the functioning of this law are as follows: the decision of the Minister of the Environment to give his consent is taken after full consultation with other relevant ministers. In practice, if ministers fail to reach an agreement, the cabinet or prime minister`s advice will be sought. The decision will be taken on the basis of an ecologically sustainable approach to development, including taking into account economic and social factors.  1.11 The Commonwealth, the States and the Australian Local Government Association recognize that the Association is a contracting party to the agreement, but cannot compel local authorities to comply with the terms of this agreement.
However, given the environmental responsibilities and interests of local communities and the recognition of the partnership between the three levels of government as part of the special conference process, the Commonwealth and The States have joined the Australian Local Government Association as a party to this agreement and have included references to the agreement to local communities and all levels of government. The federal government must maintain its commitments and remain accountable for the integrity of the World Heritage both now and in the future. Only when the federal government has the role of the federal government in the Constitution can uniform environmental rules and powers be established and then enforced. The mandate of the federal government should be to protect our environment and not to leave different decisions.  6.13 The IGAE defines, in Section 3, certain principles of environmental policy that should inform environmental practices and practices. Among these principles is the need for parties to integrate environmental concerns into government decision-making at all levels. The IGAE also sets out the following principles: 6.9 There are precedents for a regional approach to environmental planning and management.