LEGAL UPDATES

June 14, 2017

Native Title Laws to Change

The Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017 has passed the Senate with no additional amendments. The Bill will amend the Native Title Act […]
June 14, 2017

Study Finds Dams in Murray-Darling Basin Having Substantial Impact

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan evidences an example of best-practice cross-jurisdictional water management. However, a recent study has found that reduced flows to the Macquarie Marshes due […]
June 14, 2017

QLD Promotes Best Practice Land Use Management through Grants

The Queensland Government has invested $1 million in funding for Fitzroy grain farmers to improve land management practices that are currently degrading the Great Barrier Reef. […]
June 14, 2017

Project Sea Dragon Halts Trade on ASX

Earlier this month Seafarms, which isintending to operate the $2 billion commercial prawn farm in Northern Australia, requested a Trading Halt Session State on the Australia […]
May 30, 2017

Northern Territory Energy Law Reform

The Northern Territory began transitioning to the National Electricity market in 2015 under the National Electricity (Northern Territory) (National Uniform Legislation) Act. The current reforms under […]
May 30, 2017

Committee Receiving Submissions from QLD Landholders

The Land Access Ombudsman Bill 2017 (QLD) has been referred to the Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee. The bill seeks to increase landholder power in […]
May 30, 2017

Mine Rehabilitation Reforms Introduced

The NSW Government has introduced the Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (NSW). The Bill seeks to reduce regulatory oversight of the mining industry through […]
May 30, 2017

Federal Court Delivers Energy Judgment

Australian Energy Regulator v Australian Competition Tribunal (No 2)[2017] FCAFC 79 Australian Energy Regulator v Australian Competition Tribunal (No 3) [2017] FCAFC 80 The Australian Energy Regulator […]
May 30, 2017

Basin Plan Independent Study Commissioned

The Federal Government has released the terms of reference for an independent report into ensuring healthy basin communities. The purpose of the report is to advise […]
May 30, 2017

State of the Energy Market 2017 Report

The Australian Energy Regulator today released its energy market overview. The report found that the National Energy Market and Eastern Australian Gas Network must work towards […]
May 30, 2017

Trends in Climate Change Policy and Litigation Annual Report Released

The Grantham Research Institute on Climate and the Environment has released its annual report that completes a stocktake of climate change legislation and litigation across 164 […]
May 23, 2017

When is Waste Really Waste?

Eclipse Resources Pty Ltd v The Minister For Environment [No 2] [2017] WASCA 90 (12 May 2017) The appellant was challenging the primary decision that made […]
May 23, 2017

Crown Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 Passes Parliament

The Crown Land Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (NSW) has passed both houses and last week received royal assent. This bill amends part of the Crown Land […]
May 23, 2017

Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release

Last week the Federal Government made available 21 new Commonwealth areas under the 2017 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release. The release is intended to shore up […]
May 23, 2017

Senate Inquiry into Current and Future Impacts of Climate Change

The Senate Inquiry will investigate the implications of several climate scenarios on aspects of buildings, infrastructure and housing. Climate change will be considered through issues such […]
May 23, 2017

Senate Inquiry into Environmental Assessment and Approval

The Inquiry is currently receiving submissions about potential unnecessary costs associated with federal environmental assessment and approval. The inquiry will not only look at whether or […]
May 23, 2017

Remote Environmental Monitoring in Northern Australia

The research investigates increasing environmental monitoring capacity in remote and regional Australia through emerging technologies. Due to the vastness of Northern Australia, there is a range […]
May 18, 2017

CSIRO publishes research on carbon sequestration on intensive farming enterprises

This week the CSIRO released a research paper by Doran-Brown et al identifying plant sequestration as a significant method to offset carbon dioxide emissions from agriculture, […]
May 16, 2017

NT Business Innovation Support Initiatives Grant Scheme

Round four of the innovation support grant scheme is currently receiving applications for funding support of up to $60 000. The scheme, run by the Territory’s […]
May 16, 2017

NSW Environment Legislation Update

The NSW Government has released draft regulations and associated subsidiary legislation to support the recent Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (NSW) and the Local Land Services Amendment […]
May 16, 2017

ABARES Finds Farmers Adapting to Climate Change

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences has released the Farm Performance and Climate: Climate Adjusted Productivity for Broadacre Cropping Farms Research Report […]
May 16, 2017

Northern Australia Aquaculture Farm Approved

The Federal Government has given the environmental approval required for Project Sea Dragon in Northern Australia. The approval was given with conditions attached in order to […]
May 16, 2017

2017-18 Budget Wrap Up

The 2017-18 Budget and supporting documents can be read in full here. Foreign Investment Review Board The Budget has changed the framework of the foreign investment […]
May 16, 2017

Senate Report on Oil or gas production in the Great Australian Bight

The Senate Committee on Environment and Communications has released its report into offshore oil and gas production in the Great Australian Bight. The committee was originally […]
May 16, 2017

Native Title Amendments Stall

The Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017 has been tabled in the Senate following the approval of the Bill from the Senate Legal […]
 

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