LEGAL UPDATES

August 14, 2017

Update: Eligibility for Solar Rebates in QLD

The Public Works and Utilities Committee has tabled the Report into the Electricity and Other Legislation (Batteries and Premium Feed-in Tariff) Amendment Bill 2017 (QLD). The […]
August 14, 2017

QLD Legislates to Kick the Plastic Habit

The Government has introduced the Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 217 (QLD) to introduce a twofold pollution reduction scheme. The first stage introduces a state-wide […]
August 14, 2017

Department of Primary Industries Water Seeks Public Comments

The Status and Issues Papers for the development of Water Resource Plans covering four groundwater sources is currently available for public comment. Water Resource Plans are […]
August 14, 2017

NSW Planning Amendments Considered

Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Planning Panels and Enforcement) Bill 2017 (NSW) This Government Bill will introduce independent planning panels to assess developments, removing this role […]
August 14, 2017

Air Pollution the Focus of New Commonwealth Bill

The Product Emissions Standards Bill 2017 (Cth) is one in a collection of a suite of bills that seeks to regulate the noxious emissions leading to […]
August 14, 2017

The Power of Hydrogen

South Australia will install an electrolyser over the next year, with the infrastructure being fed into a trial that seeks to use hydrogen as an efficiency […]
August 14, 2017

Biosecurity Workshops Developed for Industry

Farm Biosecurity Plans will be required from 1 October 2017 under the Livestock Production Assurance Program. The LPA Program will assist in uniformly applying industry expectations […]
August 9, 2017

5 Reasons Why the Australia Institute Report into the Ord Does Not Hold up to Scrutiny

The Australia Institute released a report titled ‘Dam the Expense: The Ord River Irrigation Scheme and the Development of Northern Australia‘ on 28 July 2017. It […]
August 7, 2017

A Win and a Lose for Community Environmental Action Groups

4nature Incorporated v Centennial Springvale Pty Ltd [2017] NSWCA 191 (2 August 2017) The New South Wales Court of Appeal upheld the appeal put forward by the […]
August 7, 2017

NSW Government to Stop with Amalgamations

Local Government Amendment (Amalgamation Referendums) Bill 2017 (NSW) Despite the NSW Government’s concession that outstanding council amalgamations will not be pursued, the Private Member’s Bill remains […]
August 7, 2017

NSW Government Responds to Staged Development Planning Uncertainty

Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Staged Development Applications) Bill 2017 (NSW) The decision in Bay Simmer Investments Pty Ltd v State of New South Wales [2017] […]
August 7, 2017

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Approves Genex Stage Two

Genex Power Ltd has received approval from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to begin stage two of its solar-hydro project. The project has been declared […]
August 7, 2017

Update: Murray Darling Basin

Following on from the Four Corners revelations two weeks, the Prime Minister announced a Murray Darling Basin Wide Compliance Review. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority is due […]
August 7, 2017

Productivity Commission: Trade and Assistance Review 2015-16

The Productivity Commission has released their annual review into industry assistance. Northern Australia featured heavily across the Review, including the establishment of the Northern Australia Infrastructure […]
August 7, 2017

Update: Native Title Case Law

Northern Territory of Australia v Griffiths [2017] FCAFC 106 (20 July 2017) The Federal Court has allowed an appeal in part regarding a decision made last year […]
August 7, 2017

CBH Investigates Blockchain Technology

Partnering with AgriDigital, CBH is seeking to increase industry efficiency through the use of blockchain technology. Blockchains provide a logistical solution to trust issues that arise […]
July 31, 2017

Inquiry into the Management, Governance and Use of Environmental Water

The Inquiry into the Management, Governance and Use of Environmental Water will investigate the Victorian Environmental Water Holder Annual Report 2015-16 and report on the use […]
July 31, 2017

QLD seeks to Protect Labour through Licensing Scheme

The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (QLD) introduces a state-based labour hire licensing scheme that applies to all labour hire providers operating in Queensland. To obtain a licence, […]
July 31, 2017

First Bioregional Assessments Investigate the Impact of CSG and Large Coal Mines on Water Resources

The Federal Government’s Bioregional Assessment Program is a science-based body that investigates the impact of coal seam gas and large coal mines on water resources. Under […]
July 31, 2017

Basin-Wide Review Sought

The Murray-Darling Basin is a key resource for Australian agriculture and communities stretching from Queensland to South Australia. The Basin Plan is the culmination of years […]
July 18, 2017

Protection for Agribusiness Labour

The South Australian Government is drafting a new bill to regulate labour hire in the state. The core of the proposed law is a state-wide licencing […]
July 18, 2017

Primary Report on Fracking in the Northern Territory

The Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory has released its Interim Report. The Inquiry was commissioned by the Northern Territory Government with the […]
July 18, 2017

Land and Environment Court Fines Colliery Responsible for Slurry Spillage

Environment Protection Authority v Clarence Colliery Pty Ltd; Chief Executive, Office of Environment and Heritage v Clarence Colliery Pty Ltd [2017] NSWLEC 82 (14 July 2017). […]
July 18, 2017

Commonwealth Gas Acceleration Program

The Australian Government has developed the Gas Acceleration Program that will provide up to six million dollars per year to encourage investment in projects that will […]
July 18, 2017

Biosecurity Update

Western Australian potato growers have been exposed to dickeya dianthicola that infects crops, making plant growth difficult and the export of produce additionally challenging. The threat […]
 

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