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Publications archive - Ecologically Sustainable Development


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development

Prepared by the Ecologically Sustainable Development Steering Committee
Endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments
December, 1992
ISBN 0 644 27253 8

Industry, Trade and Environment Policy
Part 3 Intersectoral Issues - Chapter 21


To provide a government policy framework which supports the efficient and environmentally responsible development of the nation's resources; to pursue internationally, agreement on the incorporation of full environmental costs associated with production and use; and to maximise the ESD benefits of trade liberalisation.

Strategic Approach

Governments will continue actions to remove barriers to the efficient operation of market forces, while improving the efficiency of the allocation and use of resources and promoting an accelerated program of microeconomic reform. An appropriate taxation regime will be maintained to foster industrial development and to facilitate the more rapid adoption of best environmental technologies for all stages of the production process.

Objective 21.1

Governments will:

Objective 21.2

The Commonwealth Government will: