July 20, 2016

Removal of water exemption in Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Government has announced the removal of the exemption from licensing requirements for bores pumping less than 15 L per second in the Darwin […]
July 11, 2016

New Water Sharing Plans commence in NSW

On 1 July 2016 all NSW Water Sharing Plans that commenced in 2004 were replaced and ten new coastal WSPs commenced. A product of the National […]
July 4, 2016

Climate pledges won’t keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius

National government pledges to reduce greenhouse (GHG) emissions will not keep global warming under the agreed world target of 2 degrees, an international group of scientists […]
June 28, 2016

Developing Northern Australia Conference 2016

Last week over 2 days, business leaders, Indigenous leaders, government representatives, farmers and academics came together in Darwin to discuss how to best develop Northern Australia […]
June 15, 2016

More is better: smart farming makes abandoned land profitable

Abandoned agricultural lands are estimated to number 385 to 472 million hectares worldwide. Not only does this create an economic cost to the regions in which […]
June 14, 2016

Biodiversity reforms in NSW – can farmers be trusted?

The public exhibition by the NSW Government of a new Biodiversity Conservation Bill and the Local Land Services Amendment Bill early in May has raised concerns […]
June 9, 2016

Legislative update 9 June 2016

New South Wales The Coastal Management Bill 2016 passed parliament last week, part of a coastal reform package that will include a Coastal Management SEPP and […]
May 30, 2016

Legislative update 30 May 2016

Currently the Commonwealth Government is in ‘caretaker’ mode which means that Turnbull Government will not make major policy decisions that are likely to commit an incoming […]
May 30, 2016

Fertilisers and pollution – surprising findings

A research team from Columbia University and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies have found that across much of the United States, Europe, Russia and China, […]
May 24, 2016

Legumes to the rescue for farmers?

New research has been published showing the environmental and economic benefits of planting legumes into agricultural systems. ‘Trade-offs between economic and environmental impacts of introducing legumes […]
May 4, 2016

Legislative update

Commonwealth Last time we posted we noted that a number of bills had lapsed at prorogation and that they may recommence next session of parliament upon […]
April 22, 2016

Recent legislative developments in Australia

Commonwealth Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Bill 2016 This Bill was introduced to create the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility and a Board of the Facility to make […]
April 18, 2016

National program announced to tackle biosecurity risk in Australia

The Federal Government has announced $6.2 million in funding for a four year research program into biocontrol solutions for Australia’s 10 most invasive weed species based […]
April 13, 2016

Lead contamination in water: the science of confusion but with a legal remedy?

In 2015, scientists from Macquarie University published research showing that lead levels in water found inside of the homes of residents of the town of Pioneer […]
April 7, 2016

Genetic diversity key to coral reef adaption

The announcement of unprecedented coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef has rightly raised concern over the long term health of an Australian icon, but there […]
March 30, 2016

Nitrogen pollution lessons for Australian agriculture?

In a global first, US researchers have examined ecosystem-specific vulnerabilities to atmospheric nitrogen deposition on a continental scale. A coalition of universities and public bodies studied […]
March 29, 2016

Recent legislative developments in Australia

As Parliaments in all jurisdictions are not sitting currently, it provides a good opportunity to outline some key Bills in the jurisdictions and any inquiries currently […]
March 21, 2016

Feedback requested on Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility

The Commonwealth Government is requesting feedback on the draft Investment Mandate for the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF).The Investment Mandate outlines the Government’s instructions to the […]
March 21, 2016

New beginnings: Senate report into co-operative, mutual and member owned firms

Last Thursday the Senate Economics Reference Committee handed down its report on co-operative, mutual and member owned firms. The committee made 17 recommendations aimed at further […]
March 18, 2016

Western Australian Government announces response to hydraulic fracturing inquiry

In November 2015, the Environment and Public Affairs Committee handed down the Implications for Western Australia of Hydraulic Fracturing for Unconventional Gas report over the contentious […]
March 16, 2016

Human rights? Different interpretations for protesters versus mining and petroleum industry

As widely reported, the Inclosed Lands, Crimes and Law Enforcement Legislation Amendment (Interference) Bill 2016 (‘Bill’) passed the NSW Parliament last night. The Legislation Review Committee […]
March 14, 2016

Floating solar panels on Brazilian dam

Engineers in Brazil have commenced work in laying the equivalent of five football fields (50,000 square meters) of floating solar panels on the Balbina Dam as […]
March 11, 2016

An end to environmental blockades in NSW?

The announcement by the NSW Government this week of the introduction of the Inclosed Lands, Crimes and Law Enforcement Amendment (Interference) Bill 2016 has been controversial. […]
March 8, 2016

New research on the impact of climate change on agriculture

For the first time, an empirical study has considered the response of crop yield, cropping area and crop frequency to climate variability. Previously this has been […]
March 7, 2016

Opportunities for greater collaboration between farmers and rural research and development corporations

On 3 March 2016, the Australian Government introduced the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Amendment Bill 2016 (Cth) (‘the Bill’). The Bill comes off the […]

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