March 28, 2017

Productivity Commission Inquiry Report on the Regulation of Australian Agriculture Released 28 March 2017

The Inquiry investigated the regulatory practices restricting the growth and competitiveness of the agriculture industry, particularly in Northern Australia. The scope of the Inquiry was broad, […]
March 28, 2017

Victoria Seeks Statutory Appointment of Mine Rehabilitation Commissioner

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) in order to rehabilitate former […]
March 28, 2017

Native Title Amendments Remain in the Senate

The Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017 will amend the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) to address the outcome of the recent Federal […]
March 28, 2017

Federal Government Seeks Talks with Asian Investor over Coal Power Station

The Federal Resources Minister and Minister for Northern Australia has suggested there is interest from Asian investors in developing a power station in northern Queensland. The […]
March 27, 2017

Can a ‘carbon law’ save the world?

Climate scientists have proposed a roadmap to rapidly reduce anthropogenic carbon emissions, and it’s very simple. All that is required is to halve those carbon emissions […]
March 21, 2017

Victorian Inquiry into Electric Vehicles

The Victorian Economy and Infrastructure Committee is currently receiving submissions regarding the potential benefits and drawbacks of electric vehicles in the state as private vehicles, public […]
March 21, 2017

Investment into Large-Scale Solar

The Victorian Government announced last week that it will invest 20 million dollars into large scale energy storage throughout the state. This money would focus largely […]
March 21, 2017

People for the Plains Lose Appeal

People for the Plains Incorporated v Santos NSW (Eastern) Pty Ltd [2017] NSWCA 46 (14 March 2017) The applicant appealed the decision from the Land and […]
March 21, 2017

Hydro Power Viability to be Investigated

The Federal Government last week announced plans to conduct a feasibility study into increasing the energy output capacity of the Snowy Hydro Scheme in order to […]
March 21, 2017

Senate Inquiry into Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreement) Bill 2017 (Cth)

The Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs yesterday released its report following its inquiry into the Bill. The Report is no yet publicly available. […]
March 14, 2017

Heritage Laws to be Re-instated in Victoria

The Heritage Bill 2016 (Vic) will re-enact the Heritage Act 1995 (Vic), with amendments, to reintroduce protection for land and property which has cultural or conservational […]
March 14, 2017

Frack-Free Victoria

The Resources Legislation Amendment (Fracking Ban) Bill 2016 (Vic) has passed through Parliament and is awaiting Royal Assent at which point it will commence immediately. The Bill […]
March 14, 2017

Planning Law in NSW Readies for Overhaul: Public Comment Sought on Draft Bill

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment Bill 2017 (NSW) has extended the opportunity for community consultation until Friday 31 March 2017. The Government will then introduce a […]
March 14, 2017

Update: Northern Gas Pipeline Receives Federal Approval

Jemena, which last week had reported delays to the commencement of their Northern Gas, has received Federal Environmental Approval with conditions regarding the protection of a […]
March 14, 2017

Australian Energy Market Operator Releases Gas Outlook

Australian Energy Market Operator Gas Statement of Opportunities: For Eastern and South-Eastern Australia (March 2017) The annual Gas Statement of Opportunities Report by the AEMO has […]
March 7, 2017

State of the Environment Report 2017 Released

The State of the Environment Report 2017 has been released today. The Report reviewed environmental policies from 2011 to 2016. The Report concluded that factors underpinning […]
March 7, 2017

Property and Planning Law Amendments in South Australia

Last week, the Crown Land Management (Life Lease Sites) Amendment 2017 (SA) was introduced to the Legislative Council. The Bill specifically reforms provisions relating to life […]
March 7, 2017

Committee Report on the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill 2016 Due

The Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Committee is due to table its report for the Legislative Assembly today regarding its findings as to the Strong and […]
March 7, 2017

New Global Study Suggests Climate Change Will Alter Groundwater Recharge Rates

The Study looked at Europe, North America and the Middle East to conclude that current hydrological models are too broad in scale to adequately consider the […]
March 7, 2017

The Scientific Inquiry Into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory Begins

Yesterday, the Scientific Inquiry Into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory began public consultation sessions in Alice Springs. NSW Land and Environment Justice Rachel Pepper will […]
March 7, 2017

Northern Gas Pipeline Delayed

Jemena will delay the commencement of their Northern Gas Pipeline that was due to start next month. The Project has outstanding approvals for the Environmental Impact […]
March 7, 2017

Queensland Sugar Limited and Wilmar Sugar Nearing Resolution

A dispute over the inclusion of Wilmar Sugar in the leadership team of Queensland Sugar Limited has been the cause of legal action with Wilmar saying […]
February 28, 2017

Climate Change Action in Victoria

Today, the Climate Change Bill 2016 (Vic) received royal assent. The Bill will ensure Victoria works toward meeting global agreements on climate change by implementing long-term […]
February 28, 2017

Queensland Water Transfer Scheme Passes Both Houses

The Water (Local Management Arrangements) Amendment Bill 2016 (QLD) seeks to amend the Water Act 2000 (QLD) to establish a transfer scheme that will facilitate the transfer […]
February 28, 2017

Inquiry: Water Augmentation

The Inquiry into the augmentation of water supply for rural and regional NSW will hold a regional hearing today in Deniliquin. The Legislative Council Inquiry has […]

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