Plan approved after a review of mining standards following the destruction of rock shelters in Western Australia that showed evidence of human habitation dating back 46,000 years into the last Ice Age.
Government's five-yearly environmental report card "tells a story of crisis and decline in Australia's environment and a decade of government inaction and willful ignorance," says Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek.
Coalition returns to power in a stunning result, after opinion polls and odds-makers tipped the opposition Labor Party to win. The outcome ranks as Australia's biggest election upset since 1993, when Labor prime minister Keating returned to power.
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