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May 16, 2017

Automated Co-Operative Builder to Launch

The Farm Co-Op Builder will increase the accessibility of co-operative structuring for new businesses. This will be in the form of Centralising relevant paperwork Assisting in […]
May 16, 2017

Experts Propose Reform of Australia’s Environmental Laws

The Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law is taking public feedback on their 57 recommendations that they’ve developed to create a holistic vision for contemporary […]
May 16, 2017

Senate Inquiry into Carbon Credits Releases Report

The Senate Inquiry into Carbon Credits has released its report into the Carbon Credits (Carbon Farming Initiative) Amendment Bill 2017 (Cth). The Bill intends to create incentives for […]
May 9, 2017

NT Government Delivers Territory’s 2017-18 Budget

The NT Government has delivered its Budget outlining anticipated spending over the next year. There was a $1.75 billion investment injection into the Government’s Infrastructure Program. […]
May 9, 2017

NT Government Approves NT-QLD Pipeline

The Northern Territory Government has approved the Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Project and an associated Compressor Facility. The Government made their decision based on an Environmental […]
May 9, 2017

New WA Government to Decrease Government Departments

The incumbent Labor Government has announced it intends to increase efficiency of government operations by reducing the number of government departments. The State currently has 41 […]
May 9, 2017

New Gulf Water Licences to be Issued

The Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines has released its Tender Assessment Report into the sale of general reserve unallocated water under the Water Plan […]
May 9, 2017

Productivity Commission Initial Report on Transitioning Regional Economies

The Productivity Commission recently released an Initial Report into Transitioning Regional Economies. The Inquiry is intended to examine the regional geography of Australia’s economic transition, since […]
May 9, 2017

Productivity Commission Final Report on Data Availability and Use

Yesterday, the Productivity Commission released its Final Report into Data Availability and Use in Australia. The Report was commissioned to determine the benefits and costs of […]
May 2, 2017

Water Dispute Continues before NSW Land and Environment Court

Sharkey v Minister administering the Water Management Act 2000 [2017] NSWLEC 47 (28 April 2017) The applicant is the owner of a property which he claims […]
May 2, 2017

Biosecurity Update

Tomato potato psyllid (TPP) is emerging as a hurdle to the success of Western Australian horticultural market this season due to eastern states increasing import restrictions […]
May 2, 2017

Report: Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Review

Last week the Federal Treasurer released its report into the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (PRRT). The Report and the preceding inquiry were catalysed by a reduction […]
May 2, 2017

Inland Rail to Connect Regional Grain Growers with Distributors

The Federal Government is expected to announce a one billion dollar loan, to be administered by the Australian Rail Track Corporation, to assist in the development […]
April 26, 2017

Native Title to Co-Exist with Mining in South Australia

CASE NOTE: Kapitany v Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation [2017] SAERDC 15 (13 April 2017) The applicant is seeking to mine in the Native Title region held by […]
April 26, 2017

Statutory Position of Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner introduced to Parliament

The Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment (Latrobe Valley Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner) Bill 2017 (Vic) seeks to amend the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (Vic) to establish a rehabilitation […]
April 26, 2017

Water Resource Planning Consultation Sought

The NSW Government is seeking public comment on new water resource plans. The Government has recently released two Status and Issues papers as a part of […]
April 26, 2017

NSW Government Responds to Inquiry into Crown Land

In October last year the NSW Legislative Council Planning and Environment Committee released its Report on its Inquiry Crown Land in NSW. The Committee was tasked […]
April 26, 2017

Federal Court Imposes Tax Bill on Chevron

In a unanimous decision, the Federal Court of Australia Full Court has dismissed Chevron’s appeal against the preliminary Federal Court’s decision to require a payment of […]
April 26, 2017

Senate Inquiry Issues Report into Carbon Risk Disclosure

Businesses and government are not immune from the risks associated with climate change. This risk includes extreme volatility to financial stability and unpreparedness for climate change […]
April 26, 2017

Yancoal Coal Mine Purchase Receives Foreign Investment Review Board Approval

At the beginning of 2017, Yancoal contracted to buy two New South Wales Hunter Valley coal mines from Rio Tinto a cost of $3.27 billion. As […]
April 26, 2017

Biosecurity Laws impacting Interstate Trade

The South Australian Government has tightened green snail control measures which has impacted on grower flexibility in Western Australia. The new determinations by Biosecurity SA have […]
April 26, 2017

Commercial Harvest by Northern Territory Indigenous Community Exports to Asia

The Warruwi community has begun its second commercial harvest of the sea cucumber. The community works with the commercial operator Tasmanian Seafoods to harvest and export […]
April 18, 2017

Northern Territory Fracking Inquiry Update

After declaring a moratorium on fracking in the Northern Territory at the end of last year, the Territory’s Government introduced the Scientific Inquiry Into Hydraulic Fracturing […]
April 18, 2017

Western Australian Energy Dispute Determined in Court

Bluewaters Power 2 Pty Ltd v Australian Energy Market Operator Ltd [2017] WASC 98 (13 April 2017) The Australia Energy Market Operator as the Whole Electricity […]
April 18, 2017

Sustainable Dairy Production Inquiry Tabled

The Queensland Agriculture and Environment Committee last week tabled its report into the Sustainable Queensland Dairy Production (Fair Milk Price Logo) Bill 2016 (QLD). The Bill […]
 

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