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Environment and Energy Minister Reece Whitby says there is no conflict of interest in holding both portfolios, after the state government announced sweeping change to the environmental approvals process.

The changes announced this morning have been welcomed by industry groups but met with disappointment by environmentalists, with Conservation Council of WA president Richard Yin claiming he wasn’t aware of any environmental groups being consulted on the move.

Mr Whitby, who took over the energy portfolio last week following the cabinet resignation of Bill Johnston, was highly critical of the existing system and said the changes would facilitate better environmental outcomes.

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