August 31, 2016

Inquiry into Community Energy Projects Receiving Submission Until the End of September

Inquiry into Community Energy Projects The Parliament of Victoria’s Joint Committee for Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills into Community Energy Projects is receiving submissions to the […]
August 31, 2016

Native Title Area is One Step Closer to Recognition with New National Parks Act in Victoria

National Parks and Victorian Environmental Assessment Council Acts Amendment Act 2016 (Vic) Under this statute, Greater Bendigo National Park will be granted an additional 245 hectares. […]
August 31, 2016

Queensland Introduces Mediation as First Step to Solving Farming Debt

Today the Farm Business Debt Mediation Bill 2016 was introduced into the Queensland Parliament. The Bill seeks to establish mediation as the primary dispute resolution method […]
August 31, 2016

Native Title Group Receives Compensation

Griffiths v Northern Territory of Australia (No 3) [2016] FCA 900 (24 August 2016) The applicant represented the Ngaliwurru and Nungali Peoples with regards to a […]
August 31, 2016

Appeal to Defeat Carmichael Coal Mine Dismissed

Australian Conservation Foundation Incorporated v Minister for the Environment [2016] FCA 1042 The Australian Conservation Foundation has failed in its bid for judicial review of the […]
August 31, 2016

The Perfect Storm: Analysing the Role of Gas in South Australia’s Power Prices

The Climate Council has recently released a report into South Australian power companies’ high returns despite consumer gas prices being extremely high over July of this […]
August 23, 2016

Western Australia Set to Increase Biodiversity Protections

Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2015 (WA) The Bill, which has been agreed at Second Reading in the Legislative Council, is intended to replace the Wildlife Conservation Act […]
August 23, 2016

Queensland Government Fails to Increase Vegetation Protection

Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 The Queensland Government initiative to reform state laws to increase native vegetation protection has failed upon second […]
August 23, 2016

Ban on Plastic Bags Fails to Become Legislation in NSW

Plastic Shopping Bags Prohibition Bill 2016 This Bill, introduced into the Legislative Assembly on August 4 2016, has lapsed. The Bill intended to prohibit the retail […]
August 23, 2016

Judicial Review affirms Right to Mining Lease over Native Title Claim Area

Burragubba v State of Queensland [2016] FCA 984 The applicant made an application for judicial review under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977 (Cth) seeking […]
August 16, 2016

South Australia Increases Contributions from Farmers to Industry Fund

The South Australian State Government has increased the funding available to primary industries for cattle by raising the contributions to the South Australian Cattle Industry Fund […]
August 16, 2016

NSW Government Begins Local Council Amalgamation Process

The NSW Legislative Council has heard the reasoning for the Local Government Amendment (Governance and Planning) Bill 2016. The proposed Bill is a part of the […]
August 16, 2016

Indigenous Nations Meet to Discuss Water Rights over MDB

A Joint Gathering of the Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN) and the Northern Basin Aboriginal Nations (NBAN) produced a Water Statement which synthesises the […]
August 16, 2016

Western Australian Co-Operative, CBH, offers comment on future business model

The Board of CBH has been investigating structural change within the co-operative, and yesterday offered growers and opportunity to participate and review the current governance structure. […]
August 16, 2016

South Australian Irrigators to get Access to Full Allocations

After heavy rain, irrigators in South Australia will be able to access their full water entitlements in contrast to the access available last season which was […]
August 16, 2016

Planned Carp Kill Could Have Broader Impacts for Murray Ecosystem

The Commonwealth Government is planning to remove the carp population in the Murray-Darling River under the National Carp Control Plan, set for implementation in 2018. Under […]
August 16, 2016

Leaders meet with Dairy Company, Murray Goulburn, to discuss the state of the industry:

Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister will meet with the board of Murray Goulburn today to enquire into the current state of the dairy industry. […]
August 10, 2016

Queensland Government Seeks to Slow Land Clearing Rates

Queensland continues to see large amounts of vegetation clearing since changes were made to the Vegetation Management Act 1999 by the former Government. Under these changes, farmers […]
August 10, 2016

Rural Australia Drives Climate Change Adaptation

Regional and remote Australian communities are hoping to increase their resistance to the effects of climate change by readily adopting community energy. The Climate Council’s recent release of […]
August 2, 2016

Latest research on reducing agricultural nitrous oxide emissions in Australia

The CSIRO has published new research showing how nitrous oxide emissions (N2O) from grain cropping systems in Australia can be reduced. Studying N2O emissions in agriculture […]
August 2, 2016

Australian Water Survey

Produced by the ‘Australian Water Association’, this survey combines industry and public perceptions about water consumption into a survey  in order to produce a report that […]
August 2, 2016

Exploratory Gas Licence found to include associated mining wastewater management facility

People for the Plains Incorporated v Santos NSW (Eastern) Pty Limited and Ors [2016] NSWLEC 93 (1 August 2016) The People for the Plains have lost […]
July 29, 2016

Is my business contract unfair?

Last week we mentioned the upcoming commencement of a new law to protect small business contracts from unfair terms. We have provided an overview of the […]
July 26, 2016

The importance of inquiries in Australia

The announcement by the Prime Minister of a Royal Commission into Northern Territory juvenile detention has rightly garnered widespread media attention. However, a Royal Commission is […]
July 21, 2016

New laws to protect farmers and agriculture businesses from unfair contract terms

While consumers have had protections from unfair contract terms since 2010, from 12 November 2016 a new law comes into effect Australia-wide that will protect small […]

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