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October 19, 2016

Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Board Reforms in SA

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights (Miscellaneous) Amendment Act 2016 (SA) will update the governance structure of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Board and election process. […]
October 19, 2016

Adaptable Apportionment Arrangements for WA

Last week the Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (WA) was introduced to Parliament. The purpose of the Bill is to provide for petroleum apportionment agreements across […]
October 19, 2016

Potential for WA Laws to Ease on Restrictions on Genetically Modified Crops Free Areas

Last week, the Western Australian Legislative Assembly agreed to the Second Reading of the Genetically Modified Crops Free Areas Bill 2003 (WA). The Bill seeks to […]
October 19, 2016

Queensland Bill Supports Dairy Farmers

The Sustainable Queensland Dairy Production (Fair Milk Price Logos) Bill 2016 (QLD), which was introduced into Parliament last week, seeks to establish a scheme of logos […]
October 19, 2016

NSW Bill Seeks Container Recycling Scheme

  The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme) Bill 2016 seeks to introduce a state-wide container recycling and deposit scheme in New South […]
October 19, 2016

Offshore Petroleum on the Federal Agenda

Offshore Petroleum Guidelines Seeking Public Comment The Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is currently seeking comment with regards to two guidelines regulating the designation […]
October 19, 2016

Inquiry into Non-Renewable Technology Industry Closure

The Experience of Unplanned Mass Closures of Electricity Generators and Other Large Industrial Assets on Workers and Communities, Both in Australia and Overseas – Senate Committee […]
October 19, 2016

Senate Committee to Look at Carbon Risk Disclosure Here and Abroad

Carbon Risk Disclosure Inquiry – Senate Committee on Economics Last week the Senate re-referred the Carbon Risk Disclosure Inquiry to the Senate Committee on Economics. The […]
October 19, 2016

Climate Change Momentum: First the Paris Agreement, then the Aviation Carbon Reduction Scheme now HFCs…

Over the weekend, multilateral talks created an agreement to cap and reduce hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs are the replacement substance for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that were banned under […]
October 19, 2016

Murray-Darling Basin Authority Releases Report on the Northern Basin

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has released three reports looking at the socio-economic and environmental health of the Northern Murray-Darling Basin. One these reports presented research looking […]
October 11, 2016

QLD Government Circumvents Constitution on Adani

Queensland Government Elevates Carmichael Coal Mine to ‘Critical Infrastructure’ Status. The Queensland Government has declared the Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project as a ‘prescribed project’ […]
October 10, 2016

Wet weather matters – expansion and contraction of a giant raincloud over three millennia

There are so many elements to consider when discussing climate in Australia, the El Nino Southern Oscillation, East Coast Lows, Indian Ocean Dipole, Southern Annular Mode […]
September 28, 2016

WA Energy Regulation Reform Introduced

WA state parliament began its introduction of a legislative package that is set to overhaul energy regulation and access in the state. The triad of legislation […]
September 20, 2016

Queensland Debates Water Law Reform

Water (Local Management Arrangements) Amendment Bill 2016 The Bill’s Explanatory Memorandum states the objective of the Bill is to amend the Water Act 2000 to facilitate […]
September 20, 2016

Planning Assessment Commission’s Consent for Underground Mine Supported by the NSW Land and Environment Court

4nature Incorporated v Centennial Springvale Pty Ltd [2016] NSWLEC 121 (13 September 2016) The appellant brought the case in response to a ministerial decision, made by […]
September 20, 2016

National Heritage Values Questioned before the Federal Court of Australia Full Court

Secretary, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment v Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre Incorporated [2016] FCAFC 129 (16 September 2016) The judicial review case examined the ministerial […]
September 20, 2016

Offshore Resource Exploration has its Moment in the Legislative Spotlight

The Great Australian Bight Environment Protection Bill 2016 (Cth) was introduced to the Senate last week. The Bill seeks to provide greater protection to the Great […]
September 20, 2016

Federal Government Updates Murray Darling Basin Plan Timeline

Last week, the Water Legislation Amendment (Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment) Bill 2016 was introduced into the Senate. The Bill seeks to amend the Basin Plan 2012, […]
September 20, 2016

The Current and Future Impacts of Climate Change on Marine Fisheries and Biodiversity to be Investigated by the Senate

Last week, the Senate issued a mandate to the Environment and Communications References Committee to inquire into the impact of climate change in the marine environment […]
September 20, 2016

Senate Inquiry into Supertrawlers Reinstated

The Commonwealth Senate referred the matter of environmental, social and economic impacts of large-capacity fishing vessels, commonly known as ‘Supertrawlers’ operating in Australia’s Marine jurisdiction, to […]
September 7, 2016

World’s Biggest Polluters Ratify the Paris Climate Change Agreement

Ratification by top polluters This week, China and the United States of America both ratified the Paris Climate Change Agreement signally momentum toward the Agreement entering […]
September 7, 2016

Royal Commission into Youth Detention Opens in Darwin

  The Royal Commission into the Child Protection and Youth Detention Systems of the Northern Territory was opened yesterday. The directions hearing established the path which […]
September 7, 2016

Victoria Seeks to Simplify Indigenous Land Claims

Traditional Owner Settlement Amendment Bill 2016 (Vic) The Victorian State Government has developed a state-wide alternative to the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) under the Traditional […]
August 31, 2016

Tasmanian Court Dismisses Judicial Review by the Minister for Mineral Resource Development

Minister Administering the Mineral Resources Development Act 1995 v Tarkine National Coalition Inc [2016] TASFC 4 (26 August 2016) The Tasmanian Minister sought judicial review of […]
August 31, 2016

New Tasmanian Bill Seeks Sustainability of the Salmon Industry

Marine Farming Planning Amendment Bill 2016 This week Tasmanian Parliament heard the third reading of the Marine Farming Planning Amendment Bill 2016 (Tas). The purpose of […]
 

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