LEGAL UPDATES

November 29, 2016

Victoria Moves to Create Moratorium over Onshore Unconventional Gas Developments

The Resource Legislation Amendment (Fracking Ban) Bill 2016 (Vic) has been introduced to permanently ban onshore unconventional gas exploration and development across Victoria. The Bill will […]
November 29, 2016

Two Supreme Court Challenges against Carmichael Mine Dismissed

Burragubba & Anor v Minister for Natural Resources and Mines & Anor [2016] QSC 273 (25 November 2016) The applicants applied to set aside the administrative […]
November 29, 2016

Farm Business Debt Mediation Bill 2016 (QLD) Receives Committee Recommendations

The Parliamentary Committee handed down its report yesterday on the Farm Business Debt Mediation Bill 2016 (QLD). The Committee was unable to quantify the amount of […]
November 29, 2016

Inquiry into the Retirement of Coal Fired Power Stations Interim Report Released

The Senate Committee on Environment and Communications released its interim report in the retirement of coal fired power stations yesterday. The committee was tasked with investigating […]
November 29, 2016

Murray Darling Basin Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment Permitted

The Water Legislation Amendment (Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment) Bill 2016 (Cth) amends the Basin Plan 2012 to permit the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to propose an adjustment […]
November 29, 2016

Bill Seeks to Establish Energy Transition Authority

The private members Renew Australia Bill 2016 (Cth) was introduced to the House of Representatives last week. The bill seeks to establish a statutory authority which […]
November 29, 2016

Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill Remains in the Senate

The Landholders’ Right to Refuse (Gas and Coal) Bill 2015 was read for the second time last week and will seek to provide landholders with the […]
November 29, 2016

Commonwealth Government Seeks to Amend Domestic Legislation regulating the International Agreement on Hazardous Waste

The Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports And Imports) Amendment Bill 2016 (Cth) was introduced to the House of Representatives last week to implement Australia’s obligations under […]
November 23, 2016

Water Recovery Targets Proposed to be Cut in Murray Darling Basin

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority is seeking submissions on reducing the water recovery target from 390 GL to 320 GL. The Murray Darling Basin Plan was designed […]
November 18, 2016

Biodiversity and Land Clearing Reforms Pass the NSW Parliament

Last week the New South Wales Parliament introduced amendments to the state’s biodiversity and conservation laws.  The Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 (NSW) will repeal the Threatened […]
November 17, 2016

QLD Water Reforms Passed with Amendment

Environmental Protection (Underground Water Management) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 has passed through both houses of Queensland Parliament. The Act will facilitate the unregulated taking […]
November 17, 2016

NSW Climate Change Policy Framework – Webinar

Last week, the NSW Government released it’s policy plan for addressing climate change across the state. On 16 November 2016, the Government hosted a webinar for […]
October 31, 2016

Victorian Bill Introduces Energy Statutory Framework

The Energy Legislation Amendment (Feed-in Tariffs and Improving Safety and Markets) Bill 2016 (Vic) will amend several state energy Acts to create a statutory framework that […]
October 31, 2016

Case Brief: La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council v Minister Administering the Crown Lands Act (No 2) [2016] NSWLEC 137 (27 October 2016)

In 2009 the applicant made a land rights claim in Matraville, NSW, for claimable Crown lands. Claimable Crown lands means lands vested in Her Majesty: s […]
October 31, 2016

NSW Government Introduces Fairer Acquisition Laws

The bill seeks to amend the original Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 2016 (NSW). This Act: Statutorily enshrined the right to just compensation, at no […]
October 26, 2016

Australia’s Recent Record Breaking Rains

Why has May to September been so wet for much of Australia? For many people in Australia, the past few months has seemed wetter than usual. […]
October 25, 2016

SA Parliament Seeks to Protect Energy Consumers

The South Australian Parliament is currently debating the National Electricity (South Australia) (Australian Energy Regulator—Wholesale Market Monitoring) Amendment Bill 2016 (SA) and Statutes Amendment (National Electricity and Gas […]
October 25, 2016

UPDATE: Genetically Modified Crops Now Permitted in WA

Last week the Genetically Modified Crops Free Areas Repeal Bill 2015 (WA) passed Parliament. The Bill will remove the restrictions which classify the state as a […]
October 25, 2016

Oil Refinery Variation Agreement Tabled

The Oil Refinery (Kwinana) Agreement Amendment Bill 2016 (WA) will amend the Oil Refinery (Kwinana) Agreement Act 1952 (WA) to codify the 2016 Variation Agreement between the […]
October 25, 2016

Inquiry into Queensland’s Underground Water Management Bill Tabled

The Agriculture and Environment Committee tabled its inquiry report yesterday regarding the Environmental Protection (Underground Water Management) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (QLD). The Report is available […]
October 25, 2016

NSW Government Seeks to Reform Crown Land Regulation

Last week the government introduced the Crown Land Management Bill 2016 (NSW) into Parliament. The Bill will simplify, through consolidation, the laws surrounding the use of […]
October 25, 2016

Legislation on Climate Change Introduced into NSW Parliament

The Private Member’s Climate Change Bill 2016 (NSW) was introduced into the Legislative Assembly last week. The Bill seeks to Set targets to reduce greenhouse gas […]
October 25, 2016

NSW Bill Seeks to Ban Coal Mines

The Private Member’s Mining Amendment (Climate Protection—No New Coal Mines) Bill 2016 was introduced last week into the Legislative Council and seeks to amend the Mining Act […]
October 25, 2016

Commonwealth to Create Register for Foreign Ownership of Water Entitlements

The Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Amendment (Water) Bill 2016 (Cth) has recently been introduced to the House of Representatives. It seeks to amend the Register […]
October 19, 2016

Tasmanian Bill Seeks Indigenous Constitutional Recognition

The Constitutional Amendment (Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal People) Bill 2016 (Tas) seeks to amend the preamble of the Constitution of Tasmania to provide for the recognition of Aboriginal […]
 

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