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ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION ACT 1999 - SECT 527E

Meaning of impact

             (1)  For the purposes of this Act, an event or circumstance is an impact of an action taken by a person if:

                     (a)  the event or circumstance is a direct consequence of the action; or

                     (b)  for an event or circumstance that is an indirect consequence of the action--subject to subsection (2), the action is a substantial cause of that event or circumstance.

             (2)  For the purposes of paragraph (1)(b), if:

                     (a)  a person (the primary person ) takes an action (the primary action ); and

                     (b)  as a consequence of the primary action, another person (the secondary person ) takes another action (the secondary action ); and

                     (c)  the secondary action is not taken at the direction or request of the primary person; and

                     (d)  an event or circumstance is a consequence of the secondary action;

then that event or circumstance is an impact of the primary action only if:

                     (e)  the primary action facilitates, to a major extent, the secondary action; and

                      (f)  the secondary action is:

                              (i)  within the contemplation of the primary person; or

                             (ii)  a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the primary action; and

                     (g)  the event or circumstance is:

                              (i)  within the contemplation of the primary person; or

                             (ii)  a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the secondary action.



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