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Bulletin | August 2013

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NELA news and events
01. From the President
02. Save the date! 2013 NELA WA Annual State Conference
03. Contribute to the National Environmental Law Review
04. NELA 2013 Environmental Law Essay Competition now open
05. Papers from Delivering a Low Carbon Future conference
06. NELA Twitter feed
07. Member profile: Matthew Baird

Law and policy developments
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In the courts

09. In the legislature
10. Policy developments

News and events from NELA’s partners
11. (NZ) Resource Management Law Association Conference 2013
12. (Vic) Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) Annual
13. (Vic) Victorian Planning and Environment Law Association Annual Conference 2013

Other events
14.(Cth) National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training: Understanding Groundwater Law
15. (Aus – various locations) Legalwise Seminars
16.(ACT) Tasmanian Dam Case: 30th Anniversary Symposium
17. (Vic) Planning Institute Australia: Recent amendments to the Planning and Environment Act 1987
18. (SA) Environmental Defenders Office Planning Seminar – advance notice
19. (Aus – various locations) Australian Wild Law Alliance (AWLA) – upcoming events
20. (Vic) Australian Sustainability Conference and Exhibition 2013
21. (ACT) Fenner Conference on Environment 2013
22. (UK) Garner Lecture 2013
23. (Fiji) 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas

Opportunities
24. Opportunities for comment
25. Roles
26. Other

Resources
27. Book: Environmental Law in Australia (8th ed), by G Bates
28. Book: The Law of Nuclear Energy, by Helen Cook

NELA news and events

From the President

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Isn’t it a relief to hear bipartisan support for Australia’s Kyoto targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions? Well sort of. But how about a debate about whether our modest national target is enough?

Targets have been on the mind of the NELA Executive too. This month they agreed to a target of increasing NELA membership by 20 per cent this year. Of course our greatest asset is our current members so please make sure you renew your membership if you haven’t done so already.

Over the next few months we’ll also be rethinking the National Environmental Law Review to keep it relevant in a dynamic electronic environment and to improve its resourcing.

Another priority for NELA is building partnerships. We’ve recently consolidated our partnership with the Victorian Planning and Environment Law Association and built a relationship with the Melbourne Law School. We plan to extend these sorts of partnerships in other states and establish new ones with national business and environment groups. And we’re also in talks with potential sponsors.  NELA has a great national executive and I feel lucky to be part of such a talented and active team. There’ll be a few vacancies at the next AGM on 3 October so think about joining us.

Amanda Cornwall

 

Save the date! 2013 NELA WA Annual State Conference

The 2013 NELA WA Annual State Conference will be held on 11 October 2013 at the Parmelia Hilton Perth. The conference theme is water law. More details will be provided as they become available.

 

Contribute to the National Environmental Law Review

The NELR national editor Hannah Jaireth is taking a much needed break after four years in this demanding and wholly volunteer role. Hanna has done a wonderful, professional job and her contribution will be sorely missed. Thanks Hanna!

Jessica Feehely, Tasmanian editor and Executive member will be guest editor for the November 2013 edition. The deadline for contributions is 13 September 2013.

If you’d like to contribute an article, case note or book review please let us know by 15 August at secretariat@nela.org.au.

 

NELA 2013 Environmental Law Essay Competition now open

This year's theme is "If it's worth protecting then it's worth protecting well".

Win $1000 in cash, a 12 month NELA membership, and publication of your paper in the National Environmental Law Review.

Entry is open to any undergraduate or postgraduate student enrolled at an Australian tertiary institution. Deadline for entries is 5pm, 8 November 2013.

Please spread word. A flyer is available in PDF here.

The competition guidelines are available here.

 

Papers from Delivering a Low Carbon Future conference

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NELA is pleased to present a special edition of the Environment and Planning Law Journal with selected papers from the NELA national conference held in Melbourne on 7-8 March 2013. NELA jointly edited the journal with the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law at Melbourne Law School, a conference partner and sponsor.

Conference delegates will receive the special edition for free. If you didn’t attend the conference you can subscribe to the journal or purchase individual articles here.

 

NELA Twitter feed

NELA’s Twitter feed is now really up and running! Follow us for law and policy updates, events, news, job opportunities, resources and more throughout the month.

 

Member profile: Matthew Baird

A member of NELA since 1987, Matthew has had a long and distinguished career in environmental law. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 1990 and worked as tipstaff to Justice Paul Stein AM in the NSW Land and Environment Court. In that year he organised the first Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Sydney, together with John Connor (now at the Climate Institute) and the Sydney University Environmental Law Society.

In 1991 he worked as the first Executive Officer of NELA and as a consultant to the Resources Assessment Commission Coastal Zone Inquiry and with the Cape York Aboriginal Land Council.. 

Since commencing practice at the NSW Bar in 1994 Matthew has been involved in litigation from brothels to climate change.

Matthew was elected Chair of the Environment and Planning Law Group of the Law Council of Australia in 2008 and held the position for 4 years. During his tenure the Group held the Future of Environmental Law Symposia in 2009 and 2011 and he organised the Law Council’s Regional Colloquium on Environmental Law in Bali in 2012.

Matthew has also been heavily involved in the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific, assisting in the development of environmental law in the Asia Pacific region.

In 2012 Matthew worked with Vishnu Law Group, a public interest law group in Phnom Penh, drafting a new Environment Impact Assessment Law for the Kingdom of Cambodia. He is currently working with the Asian Development Bank on the ASEAN Chief Judges Roundtable on the Environment, the Asian Judges Symposium on Environmental Law and the development of the Asian Judges Network on Environment.

Matthew has presented at many conferences on environmental law and, more recently, nuclear energy law. Most recently he presented on the role of lawyers and experts in public interest environmental litigation at the 3rd Eco-Justice Forum, held in Guiyang, Guozhou, China.

Matthew was also instrumental, with Nick Thomas at Clayton Utz, in development of the EIANZ Expert Witness Course, looking at the role of the environmental expert as a witness in Court.

Matthew says, “I remember my first question at a NELA conference in 1987. It was after Professors John Bonine and Mile Axline from the University of Oregon had given a presentation on clinical legal education programs at universities in the USA. I asked Justice Cripps if I could appear before him in my final year as a law student to argue environmental cases. He said no. But at that moment I realised just how valuable NELA was. Challenging the status quo is what environmental law is all about. I cannot imagine anything better than what I do now.”

 

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Law and policy developments

In the courts

Commonwealth

Tarkine National Coalition Incorporated v Minister for Sustainability, Water, Population and Communities [2013] FCA 694 (17 July 2013)

The Federal Court overturned a controversial decision by the Commonwealth Minister for Sustainability, Water, Population and Communities to approve an iron ore mine in Tasmania's Tarkine region, which is home to one of the few remaining wild populations of Tasmanian Devils not affected by the presently incurable Devil Facial Tumour Disease (the disease).

The Court's decision was significant for two reasons:

  1. It suggests the obligation on the Minister to consider approved conservation advices, and potentially other similar documents under the EPBC Act, cannot be discharged other than by the Minister specifically considering the document itself.

  2. The Court’s reasoning in relation to the validity of the condition of the insurance population indicates that impacts on a species protected under the EPBC Act because it faces a risk of extinction "in the wild" can, to a degree, be validly mitigated through establishing non-wild insurance populations. (It is highly doubtful, however, that such measures could be used extensively without being inconsistent with the objectives of the EPBC Act.)

 

Maules Creek coalmine approval challenge

Approval of the Maules Creek coalmine is being challenged in the Federal Court by the Northern Inland Council for the Environment.

EDO NSW, which will be assisting with the case, said the challenge rested on the basis that the decision to approve the mine had been made too quickly, and so not all factors had been given due consideration. Of particular concern is the quality of the ''offsets'' Whitehaven had promised to set aside in return for being allowed to clear up to 1500 hectares of forest classed as ''critically endangered''.

For more detail, click here.

 

New South Wales

Hunters Hill Council v Gary Johnston [2013] NSWLEC 89

A Hunters Hill resident (the defendant) obtained development consent to build a house on the foreshore of the Parramatta River.  A condition of the consent was that four Hoop Pine trees located on the boundary between the river and the proposed house be retained to screen the new development from the water.

The Hoop Pines were protected throughout construction of the defendant’s house, however, not long after construction was completed, the defendant engaged a contractor to remove the trees.  A neighbour noticed that the trees were being cut down and immediately reported the tree lopping to Council.

The defendant was charged with an offence under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and fined $40,000.

 

Victoria

Doherty v Murrindindi Shire Council (Red dot) [2013] VCAT 1185

The planning system in Victoria has needed to respond to the catastrophic Black Saturday bushfires in February 2009, in which 173 Victorians perished.  Since then more rigorous planning controls have been introduced and applied by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

This particular case involved a rural site in a ‘very high bushfire risk’ location which was badly affected by the 2009 fires.  The owner had been allowed to build a smaller temporary building on the site soon after those fires.  Having since rebuilt his main dwelling on the land, the owner wished to upgrade the temporary building to a more permanent “dependent person’s unit”.  The Tribunal refused the proposal, relying on the advice of the Victorian Country Fire Authority that, because the native scrub had begun regrowing since 2009, the bushfire risks were now excessive.

This decision highlights the very challenging bushfire risk issues at play, particularly as bushfire risk assessments done soon after 2009 may become less reliable over time.

 

In the legislature

New South Wales

Amendment of Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997

The Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 has been amended by the Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (Scheduled Activities) Regulation 2013 to include three new activities in the list of activities for which an environmental protection licence is required. Those activities are:

  1. coal seam gas (CSG) exploration, assessment and production activities and

  2. electricity generation activities by means of wind turbines on wind farms.

All CSG activities which are now required to hold an environmental protection licence will have until 28 September 2013 to apply for their new licence, while all large scale wind farms (whether operational, under construction or about to start construction) will have until 28 March 2014 to apply for their new licence. 

 

Northern Territory

Mining Management Amendment Bill 2013

This Bill was passed on 27 June 2013. It revises the Mining Management Act to deliver a range of improvements to enhance operation of the Act and strengthen environmental regulation. The Bill also provides for the introduction of an annual levy on mining securities.

 

Queensland

Land, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2013

The Water Act 2000 was recently amended to extend the expiry date on water licences from up to 10 or up to 20 years (depending on the purpose for which the licence was required) to 99 years, by setting the expiry date of all current water licences to 30 June 2111 by the Act.

Previously, on expiry licence holders were required to apply for the licence to be renewed, exposing them to the possibility of a reduction in their authority to use the water or a cancellation of the licence.

This extension does not prevent the cancellation or surrender of a water licence, nor does it apply to expiry dates for water licences stated in water resource plans, resource operations plans or wild river declarations.

 

Policy developments

Commonwealth

Policy summary: proposed move to emissions trading on 1 July 2014

The Australian Government recently released a policy summary of its proposed move to emissions trading on 1 July 2014.

Key points include:

  • the use of eligible international units such as EU and Kyoto Protocol units by liable entities for up to 50% of their annual liability,

  • a pollution cap (the number of Australian carbon units auctioned for each compliance year) will be set by the government for 2014–15 on the recommendation of the Climate Change Authority by 28 February 2014,

  • seven auctions of carbon units will be held for the 2014–15 compliance year,

  • use of carbon farming credits will be unlimited from 1 July 2014,

  • 2014–15 carbon units can be banked for use in later compliance years,

  • following consultation, a carbon unit price ceiling will be set for 2014–15 by 1 July 2014.

The policy summary is available here.

 

New South Wales

Minister for the Environment announces biodiversity offset reforms

Minister for the Environment Robyn Parker has announced that a new biodiversity offsets fund will be established in New South Wales. The fund will allow major projects to contribute money to the fund rather than locating and purchasing biodiversity offset sites themselves. Additional reforms include:

  • the establishment of a transparent methodology for calculating offsets,

  • the introduction of a tiered approach, including alternatives to land-based offsets,

  • the ability for offset calculations to be discounted where significant social and economic benefits accrue to NSW as a result of a proposal, and

  • the establishment of a common set of offsetting principles.

For more information, click here.

 

Progress on the review of the Native Vegetation Regulation

The Office of Environment and Heritage has announced the timeframe for the remaking of the Native Vegetation Regulation.

Details are available here.

 

South Australia

South Australia signs Murray-Darling Basin Plan

The South Australian Government says it has secured a healthy River Murray system for future generations by formally signing the landmark intergovernmental Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

The agreement with Canberra and other Basin states outlines how all jurisdictions will work together to deliver the Plan, which aims to return 3,200 gigalitres of water to the Murray-Darling river system which will help to maintain the health of the river’s floodplains, and the internationally-recognised wetlands of the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth region.

More information is available here.

 

Victoria

State Planning Policy Framework to be reviewed

Minister for Planning Matthew Guy has announced a full review of the Victorian State Planning Policy Framework (SPPF) in order to deliver on the State’s new Metropolitan Planning Strategy and its Regional Growth Plans.

An Advisory Committee, chaired by Geoff Underwood, has been appointed and will review the role, structure and format of a revised SPPF that will integrate and align state planning policy, the Metropolitan Planning Strategy and Regional Growth Plans. 

The Advisory Committee will deliver its first report in October for the consideration of the Minister for Planning.

Additional information is available in the media release which announced the review.

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News and events from NELA’s partners

Events offered by NELA’s partners often provide substantial savings for NELA members - so check them out and make the most of your NELA membership!

(NZ) Resource Management Law Association Conference 2013

Black and White Gold – Does it all Glitter?

When: 26-28 September 2013
Where: New Plymouth International Quality Hotel and Conference Centre.

RMLA’s annual conference will continue the quest to reconcile economic opportunity and environmental protection using two industries of central relevance to the Taranaki Region, petroleum and dairy, as case studies.For more information, click here.

 

(Vic) Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) Annual Conference 2013

Adapt, Innovate, Advocate – Business as Usual is not an Option

 

The theme for this year’s EIANZ conference reflects the urgency of the environmental challenges facing Australia, New Zealand and the world in the 21st century and the need for environment professionals to lead in addressing these challenges.


When: Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 October 2013
Where: RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne

NELA members are entitled to registration at EIANZ member rates (inc GST)

For more information about the conference, including a sponsorship prospectus, click here.

 

(Vic) Victorian Planning and Environment Law Association Annual Conference 2013

From Here to There - Business as Unusual

In this Year of the Snake, VPELA will explore how this is the time for all of us to shed our skins, get out of our comfort zones and look at new and innovative ways to plan our communities and do business.

When: 29 and 30 August 2013
Where: Lorne, Victoria

For more information click here.

 

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Other events

(Cth) National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training: Understanding
Groundwater Law

This two-day course is designed for those who need to understand, in theory and practice:

  • how law and policy govern groundwater management in Australia;

  • the contexts in which water agencies administering these laws operate; and

  • the key challenges that groundwater law and policy will need to confront in the future.

When: 6–7 August 2013
Where: Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney
Cost: $1600

For further information, please visit the NCGRT website.

 

(Aus – various locations) Legalwise Seminars

Legalwise Seminars runs over 400 legal seminars per year with the most up-to-date content, expert speakers and interactive opportunities to learn. All seminars are CPD accredited and NELA members receive a 10% discount.

Check out their website for their regularly updated program, or click on any of the below upcoming offerings for more information.

 

(ACT) Tasmanian Dam Case: 30th Anniversary Symposium

The Centre for International and Public Law, the Australian Centre for Environmental Law, and the ANU College of Law present this symposium. Speakers include Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, Jim Faulkner SC, Bill Campbell QC, and Dr Bob Brown.

When: 9.00 am - 5.30 pm, Thursday 22 August 2013
Where: National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Canberra

For more information or to register, click here.

 

(Vic) Planning Institute Australia: Recent amendments to the Planning and Environment Act 1987

The Planning and Environment Amendment (General) Act 2013 (Vic) implements a number of changes to the Planning and Environment Act 1987 (Vic).

Join Astrid di Carlo and Annette Jones for a practical seminar that provides an overview of the changes and what they mean for those involved with Victoria’s planning system. The evening will include a Q&A and networking session.

When: 5.30–7.30 pm, Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Where: Russell Kennedy Solicitors, Level 12, 469 Latrobe Street Melbourne
Cost: CPPs: $45, PIA/PEOA members: $55, non-members: $70

This is a CLE event and practitioners can claim 2 CLE points for attendance.

For more information or to register, click here.

 

(SA) Environmental Defenders Office Planning Seminar – advance notice

A review of South Australia’s planning system is currently underway and community input will be sought. The EDO SA will be convening a day-long seminar to develop ideas for reform.

When: Thursday 26 September 2013
Where: Room 1, Level 1, Flinders University City Campus, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide

Further details on speakers and registration will be made available on EDO SA’s website. If you won’t be able to attend but would like to contribute ideas for reform you are invited to contact the office on (08) 8410 3833 (freecall from country areas 1800 337 566) or by email.

 

(Aus – various locations) Australian Wild Law Alliance (AWLA) – upcoming events

Wild law is a legal theory and social movement which proposes that we rethink our legal, political, economic, and governance systems so that they support, rather than undermine, the integrity and health of the Earth. Learn more and become part of the movement at AWLA’s upcoming events:

  • (Qld) Wild Law 2013: AWLA’s Major Conference Event – 27–29 September 2013 – online registration now open

  • (Qld, Vic, WA) Workshop and seminar series: Exploring community and nature’s rights – 30 September to 5 October 2013 

  • (Qld) – Environmental Justice Symposium – 5 and 6 December 2013 – more details will be available soon.

For more information about each event, or to RSVP, please click here.

 

(Vic) Australian Sustainability Conference and Exhibition 2013

When: 9-10 October 2013
Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Australian Sustainability brings together business leaders, practitioners and strategic thinkers to explore developments, products and cost-efficient solutions for achieving a viable, sustainable business future. More information available here.

 

(ACT) Fenner Conference on Environment 2013

Population, Resources and Climate Change: Implications for Australia’s near future

When: 10 and 11 October 2013
Where: Shine Dome, Acton, Canberra

Keynote address by Professor Paul Ehrlich. Richard Denniss will be the after-dinner speaker. Scholarships are available for graduate students.

For more information about the conference, click here. To register, click here.

 

(UK) Garner Lecture 2013

The Common Laws of the Environment: At home and Abroad

Lord Carnwath JSC, who is the President of UKELA and the Planning and Environment Bar Association, is giving this year’s Garner lecture.

When: 6pm, 19 November 2013
Where: To be confirmed

The lecture is being held as a partnership with the Journal of Environmental Law and videolinks will be available. Please note the date in your diary. Bookings will open in September.

 

(Fiji) 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Nature Conservation and Protected Areas

Natural Solutions: Building Resilience for a Changing Pacific

Registrations are now open for this conference.

When: 2 – 6 December 2013
Where: University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

For more information or to register, please click here.

 

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Opportunities

Opportunities for comment

 

Commonwealth

Moving to emissions trading

The Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education is seeking public comment on the draft legislation to start emissions trading on 1 July 2014.

Submissions are invited until 15 August 2013. For more information or to make a submission, click here.

 

Agreed-in-principle recommendations of the Climate Change Authority’s review of the Renewable Energy Target

The Renewable Energy Target (RET) scheme is designed to deliver on the Government’s commitment that the equivalent of at least 20 per cent of Australia’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2020. As an important complement to a carbon price, the RET will speed up the adoption of renewable energy technologies and help smooth the transition to a clean energy future.

The Climate Change Authority (CCA) conducted a review of the RET scheme in 2012 and recommended that the broad design of the RET scheme remain unchanged, including the fixed gigawatt-hour LRET target, but suggested some changes that seek to improve the efficiency of the scheme and provide greater flexibility for participants.

The Government agreed-in-principle to three of the CCA’s recommendations, with a view to possible implementation following consultation, covering:

  • the development of opt-in arrangements for large electricity consumers to assume direct liability for RET obligations;

  • making Partial Exemption Certificates (PECs) tradable for emissions-intensive trade-exposed entities; and

  • arrangements to allow for incidental electricity off-takes for community benefit in remote locations under the self-generators exemption.

Submissions on these issues are invited until 30 August 2013. For more information or to make a submission, click here.

 

Queensland

Examination of the Protection of Prime Agricultural Land and Other Land from Coal Seam Gas Mining Bill 2013

The Agriculture, Resources and Environment Committee is currently undertaking an examination of this Bill.

The objective of this Bill is to protect prime agricultural land from coal seam gas (CSG) and mining activities to ensure the sustainability of the agricultural industry and food security in Queensland.
The Bill seeks to specifically exclude CSG and mining activities from designated areas which have been identified as prime agricultural land, including by:

  • prohibiting all CSG and exploration mining activities on land east of the Condamine River from Chinchilla to the New South Wales Border and from the Longitudinal line running directly through the Chinchilla Post Office east to the coast; and

  • protecting areas of identified prime agricultural land as “potential strategic cropping land”  under the Strategic Cropping Land Act 2011

Written submissions are now being accepted (currently no end date). For more information or to make a submission, click here.

 

Infrastructure planning and charging framework

The Newman Government has released a discussion paper which outlines reform options for the current infrastructure planning and charges framework, drawing on a review undertaken by a stakeholder working group that included both local government and development industry representatives.

The discussion paper is part of the Queensland Government’s broader planning reform agenda that has included the introduction of both a single State Planning Policy and State Assessment and Referral Agency.

The discussion paper attempts to identify reform that strikes a balance between local authority financial sustainability and development feasibility.

Submissions are invited until 5pm, 9 August 2013. For more information or to make a submission, click here.

 

Roles

(SA) Environmental lawyers wanted
EDO SA seeks lawyers to help with their free advisory service.

If you have environmental law experience, and are free on Thursday nights, please contact EDO SA.

 

Book reviewers neededNELA Bulletin
A number of publishing houses, including LexisNexis and ThomsonReuters, are keen to have NELA review their new environmental law book releases for the NELA Bulletin. We are looking for individuals to join a pool of volunteers to review these books. Volunteers will receive a gratis copy of each book they review.

If you’re interested in joining our reviewers’ pool, please contact Ellen Geraghty by email or mobile, 0407 459 490.

 

Volunteer contributors—NELA Bulletin
NELA seeks volunteers to contribute to the law and policy developments section of the NELA Bulletin for all States and Territories except NSW, and for the Commonwealth.

Estimated time commitment is around 1–2 hours a month and volunteers are named in the “Thanks to this month’s contributors” section of the Bulletin; we can also include the name of your organization and a hyperlink to your organisation’s website.

Please contact Ellen Geraghty by email or mobile 0407 459 490 for more information.

 

Other

Call for nominations: Mahla Pearlman AO Award for Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year

Nominations are now open for the Mahla Pearlman Award for the Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year.

The Award is named in recognition of the former Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW, and former President of the Law Council of Australia, the late Mahla Pearlman AO.

Nominations must be received by the close of business AEDT on 13 December 2013 by email to lps@lawcouncil.asn.au or by post to GPO Box 1989 Canberra.

For more information about the award, including eligibility criteria, click here.

 

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Resources

Book: Environmental Law in Australia (8th ed), by G Bates

Environmental Law in Australia provides a clear and authoritative discussion of the fundamental principles underpinning all environmental initiatives. The author explains how the involvement of the law adds value to the design and implementation of environmental policy, providing an impartial process for resolving conflicts about breaches of the law and environmental decision-making.
The eighth edition has been fully revised and extensively updated to cover all relevant new developments in policy, case law and legislation, including:

  • expansion of Part B 'Protection of Biodiversity' into three chapters;

  • new commentary on key areas of mining, water, fisheries, coastal management;

  • expanded discussion on natural resources, including the Clean Energy package;

  • waste section updated to take account of product stewardship;

  • chapters on environmental planning updated to take into account new strategic planning initiatives and changes to state significant development processes;

  • updated commentary on compensation, sustainable development and criminal and civil litigation to take account of recent case-law.

The book is designed for undergraduate and postgraduate students of law, environmental science, environmental management and environmental economic disciplines, enabling readers to approach any environmental law with a clear understanding of how it is intended to work and how it will be interpreted. It is also a valuable resource for non-government organisations, public servants, corporate officers and other practitioners.

For more information or to purchase a copy of this book, click here.

 

Book: The Law of Nuclear Energy, by Helen Cook
This new title (release date 31 July 2013) is a unique and invaluable handbook covering all aspects of the legislative framework for nuclear power and nuclear power projects.

It gives you an all-inclusive overview of nuclear law and nuclear power projects, providing a foundation upon which governments and regulators can pave the future of nuclear power, particularly in emerging markets. Not only does it act as a practical guide for development corporations, technical consultants and financiers operating in this area, but it is also a detailed and up to date reference book for practitioners and students of the legal discipline.

The book examines the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) guidelines and provides a “roadmap” for programme development and implementation, giving you insight into and guidance on future developments and amendments to existing legislative and regulatory infrastructure for nuclear power programmes.

For more information or to purchase this book, click here.

 

Thanks to this month’s contributors:

Camilla Taylor, Environmental Defender’s Office (ACT); Matthew Baird; Philip Martin