Washington H. Soul Pattinson’s chairman Robert Millner lashes out against ‘farcical’ Nature Positive laws

Adrian Rauso
The Nightly
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Robert Millner is chairman of Washington H. Soul Pattinson.
Robert Millner is chairman of Washington H. Soul Pattinson. Credit: Soul Patts

The chairman of one of Australia’s largest investment houses is on the warpath against Federal Labor’s controversial environmental reforms.

Washington H. Soul Pattinson chairman Robert Millner has rebuked Federal Labor’s so-called “Nature Positive” plan.

“It’s just madness; the whole thing is a farce,” Mr Millner says in an interview with the Australian Financial Review.

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“Why is it being done with that secrecy?”

Mr Millner is one of the first executives in Australia to publicly speak out against Nature Positive.

This is despite quiet discontent among many business leaders over the Albanese Government’s lack of consultation, closed-door meetings and impractical proposals, such as a 40km per hour speed limit across the highways of Western Australia’s sparsely populated Pilbara region.

“I think the end game is they’re going to make it very difficult for property developers, farmers, miners,” he said.

“I think what we’re doing is a great disservice. We’ve been so successful, and we have got to where we are because over decades and decades, we’ve had cheap energy.”

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