LEGAL UPDATES

February 28, 2017

A Referendum for Local Government Amalgamations?

The Local Government Amendment (Amalgamation Referendums) Bill 2017 (NSW) has been introduced to the Legislative Council and seeks to require referendums for the amalgamations of local […]
February 28, 2017

Hazardous Waste Laws Reformed

The Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Levy Bill 2016 (Cth) will amend the current Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989 (Cth) and […]
February 28, 2017

Kidston Solar Project Begins Construction

Construction of the $126 million Kidston Solar Project began last week under the Solar 150 Program, sponsored by the Queensland Government and through funding support from […]
February 28, 2017

COAG Energy Council Reforms Merits Review Process

The COAG Energy Council has reformed the pathway for decision review of the Australia Energy Regulator through the Limited Merits Review Process. This appeals process is […]
February 2, 2017

Progress on the new national park in the north Kimberley

With the creation of the Wilinggin National Park in partnership with Wilinggin traditional owners, the establishment of Australia’s biggest national park has taken another step forward. […]
December 19, 2016

NSW Releases Wind Energy Guideline

The State Government has released its Wind Energy Guideline for large-scale state significant wind energy developments. The framework will provide certainty for industry and investment and […]
December 19, 2016

Native Title Claims Upheld in High Court and Federal Court

New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council v Minister Administering the Crown Lands Act [2016] HCA 50 (14 December 2016) The applicants made a claim under the […]
December 19, 2016

Northern Australia Soil Scoping Study Reveals Potential for Agriculture Heartland

The Northern Australia White Paper has encouraged substantial growth in the region which is relatively underdeveloped when compared to southern Australia. The Federal Government has committed […]
December 19, 2016

India’s Planned Exit from Coal Leaves Adani Carmichael Mine Uncertain

India’s National Electricity Plan has indicated a shift from sourcing energy from conventional coal toward building the capacity of renewable energy and storage. Under the Plan, […]
December 13, 2016

The Future of Australia’s Transport Market

Australia is lagging behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs). Cars contribute to 8% of Australian […]
December 13, 2016

Northern Gas Pipeline Negotiations with Landholders Continues

The 622 kilometre Northern Gas Pipeline will stretch between Tennant Creek in the centre of the Northern Territory across the border to Mount Isa, Queensland. Construction […]
December 13, 2016

Climate Change Bill before Victorian Parliament

The Climate Change Bill 2016 (Vic) has passed the Legislative Assembly and will be debated in the Legislative Council when parliament resumes in 2017. The bill […]
December 13, 2016

Abbot Point Coal Terminal Application for Appeal Dismissed

John Holland Pty Ltd v Adani Abbot Point Terminal Pty Ltd [2016] QSC 292 (12 December 2016) In 2009 the applicant entered contracts with a third […]
December 13, 2016

Social Considerations to be Integrated into NSW State Significant Projects

The NSW Government has released the draft social impact assessment guidelines for State Significant Projects which relates to mining, petroleum and extractive industries. Currently, the Environmental […]
December 13, 2016

Federal Climate Policy Review for 2017

This week the federal government announced a 2017 Review Of Climate Change Policies in Australia. The review is orientated around the 2030 federal target of reducing emissions to […]
December 6, 2016

Inquiry into Unconventional Gas Development in the South East of South Australia Tabled

The Parliament of South Australia Natural Resources Committee – Inquiry into Unconventional Gas Development in the South East of South Australia has tabled its final report, […]
December 6, 2016

WA Offshore Gas Joint Venture Agreement Upheld

Apache Oil Australia Pty Ltd (Now Known As Quadrant Oil Australia Pty Ltd) v Santos Offshore Pty Ltd [2016] WASCA 213 (1 December 2016) The parties […]
December 6, 2016

Public Comment Sought Over Container Deposit Scheme Regulations

The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme) Act 2016 (NSW) was passed earlier this year. The Government is currently seeking public comment on the […]
December 6, 2016

Australia to Export Uranium to India

The Civil Nuclear Transfers to India Bill 2016 (Cth) authorises the Australian exportation of nuclear material and nuclear-related items to India. The bill codifies the Australia-India […]
December 6, 2016

Environmental Administrative Bill Introduced to the House

The Agriculture and Water Resources Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (Cth) has been introduced to the House of Representatives. The purpose of the bill is to clarify […]
December 6, 2016

Petroleum Resource Rent Tax to be Reviewed

The federal government has announced a review into the integrity of the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax.  The review will focus on ensuring that taxation is equitably […]
November 29, 2016

Landholder Retains Right to be Heard

McClymont v Solar Silicon Resources Group Pty Ltd [2016] QLC 67 (10 November 2016) The applicant, the owner of the property which is subject to a […]
November 29, 2016

Tasmanian Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal People Inches Closer to Law

The Constitutional Amendment (Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal People) Bill 2016 (Tas) seeks to amend the preamble of the Constitution of Tasmania to provide for the recognition of Aboriginal […]
November 29, 2016

Variation Agreement between the State and BP Refinery (Kwinana) Proprietary Limited Passes Parliament

The Oil Refinery (Kwinana) Agreement Amendment Bill 2016 (WA) will amend the Oil Refinery (Kwinana) Agreement Act 1952 (WA) to codify the 2016 Variation Agreement between […]
November 29, 2016

Victoria Moves to Legislate Paris Agreement Obligations

The Climate Change Bill 2016 (Vic) has been read for a second time in the Legislative Assembly and will repeal the current Climate Change Act 2010 […]
 

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