Palmer party deals blow to Coalition environmental one-stop shop plan

Government could be forced to carry on with federal assessment of impact of mines and gas wells on water resources

The federal government could be forced to continue to assess the impact of big coalmines and coal seam gas wells on water resources, rather than hand that power over to the states, in a setback to its promised one-stop shop to cut red tape for environmental assessments.

The government is seeking to dispel any sense of crisis over the Senates rejection of key budget measures, with the prime minister, Tony Abbott, telling MPs on Wednesday that while the new Senate wont be all plain sailing we will carefully, courteously, patiently and methodically work with the Senate to get our legislation through.

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