LEGAL UPDATES

December 8, 2015

Commonwealth Implement Water Review Recommendations

Water Amendment (Review Implementation and Other Measures) Bill 2015 (Cth) The Bill is currently before the House of Representatives and seeks to introduce the recommendations arising […]
December 8, 2015

COP21 Update

As nearly two hundred world leaders meet in Paris this week to continue to develop an effective international framework to address anthropogenic climate change, Australia remains […]
December 1, 2015

Biodiversity and Conservation Scheme Proposed in Western Australia

Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2015 (WA) This Bill seeks to preserve and conserve the ecological diversity that exists in the State of Western Australia. The Bill will […]
December 1, 2015

Western Australian Bill Seeks to Reflect Native Title Negotiations

Land Administration (South West Native Title Settlement) Bill 2015 The Bill has been introduced this week to the Legislative Assembly. It seeks to regulate the distribution […]
December 1, 2015

Canning Basin Joint Venture Legislation Surpasses Legal Hurdle

Natural Gas (Canning Basin Joint Venture) Agreement Amendment Bill 2015 The Bill has been read for a second time in the Legislative Council. The Bill seeks […]
December 1, 2015

Aboriginal Land Rights Amendments Become Law in Alignment with Commonwealth White Paper

Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Amendment Bill 2015 (Cth) Amendments to the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976 (Cth) have passed the Senate this week. The […]
December 1, 2015

Commonwealth Push to Secure Agricultural Ownership Transparency

Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Act 2015 (Cth) This new legislation will require foreign owners with an interest in Australian agricultural land or water […]
December 1, 2015

Northern Territory Native Title Claims Accepted by the Federal Court

A groups of native title claimants have succeeded in their claims over areas across the Gulf of Carpentaria. The claimants sought recognition of their native title […]
November 24, 2015

North East Gas Interconnector Pipeline Project

North East Gas Interconnector Pipeline (Special Provisions) Act 2015 (NT) The Bill seeks to govern the development the North East Gas Interconnector Pipeline Project which will […]
November 24, 2015

Western Australia to Lift Genetically Modified Crop Ban

Genetically Modified Crops Free Areas Repeal Bill 2015 (WA) The Bill hopes to reduce the economic disadvantage of farmers subjected to genetically modified crop free areas […]
November 24, 2015

Western Australian Government Seeks Standardisation of Co-Op Laws

Co-Operatives Amendment Bill 2015 (WA) The Bill has been referred to Standing Committee from the Legislative Council. The bill seeks to amend the Co-operatives Act 2009 […]
November 24, 2015

Queensland Government Continues Renewed Commitment to Sustainable Development

Energy and Water Ombudsman Amendment Act 2015 (QLD) The Bill has been assented to and is currently awaiting legislative introduction from January 2016. The Bill proposes […]
November 24, 2015

Proposed Mine Required to Negotiate with Local Property Owner

Ashton Coal Operations Pty Ltd v Hunter Environment Lobby Inc [2015] NSWCA 358 (20 November 2015) The approval given for the appellant’s coal mine under the […]
November 24, 2015

NSW Government Seeks to Limit Corruption in Mining

Mining and Petroleum Industry Political Donations Legislation Amendment (Corruption Risk Reduction) Bill 2015 (NSW) The Bill seeks to limit corruption by prohibiting political donations from persons […]
November 24, 2015

Register of Foreign Ownership of Water Licences to be Established

The Commonwealth will establish a register listing foreign ownership of water licences. Additional legislation will ensure the Foreign Investment Review Board scrutinises foreign investments in agricultural […]
November 24, 2015

Northern Territory Water Allocation Laws to Include Mining Extraction

Water allocation in the Northern Territory will now include extraction attributable to mining, which has previously not been a statutory consideration under s 7 Water Act […]
November 24, 2015

Adani’s Carmichael Mine Faces Further Legal Opposition

Traditional land holders, the Wangan and Jagalingou People, challenged the National Native Title Tribunal finding that the Carmichael Mine was in the public interest in the […]
November 17, 2015

South Australia Introduces Water Regulations

Natural Resources Management (General) Variation Regulations 2015 (SA) The regulations are made under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004 (SA). The regulations insert ss 20AA and […]
November 17, 2015

Victorian Energy Targets Set to be Refreshed

Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Amendment (Saving Energy, Growing Jobs) Bill 2015 The Bill has passed both houses and now is awaiting royal assent. The Bill proposes […]
November 17, 2015

Ecologically Sustainable Development Back on QLD Agenda

Planning Act Bill 2015 (QLD) The Bill seeks to impose transparency on the state and local planning systems. It represents a significant overhaul of Queensland’s planning […]
November 17, 2015

Water Amendments Before QLD Parliament

Water Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (QLD) The Bill seeks to re-introduce ecological sustainable development as core water allocation objectives that were removed from focus in the […]
November 17, 2015

NSW Land and Environment Court Declines Property Owners’ Right to Exclude Licenced Prospectors

Martin & Ors v Hume Coal Pty Ltd [2015] NSWLEC 1461 (13 November 2015) The respondent was seeking to exercise their rights under their prospecting licence […]
November 17, 2015

Claim to Crown Land Rejected by New South Wales Court of Appeal

NSW Aboriginal Land Council v Minister Administering the Crown Lands Act [2015] NSWCA 349 (16 November 2015) The NSWALC lodged a claim over Crown land in […]
November 17, 2015

Greater Sydney Commission Bill Poised to Become Law

The Greater Sydney Commission Bill 2015 is currently awaiting assent. Several amendments to the Bill were suggested however these were substantially rejected. The Bill proposes alterations […]
November 17, 2015

NSW Private Member’s Bill Seeks Moratorium on Coal

The amendments proposed in the Mining Amendment (Climate Protection – No New Coal Mines) Bill 2015 (NSW) seek to place a moratorium on new authorisations to […]
 

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