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April 2015

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NELA news and events
01. WA NELA Sundowner
02. Australian Environmental Law Digest – contributions invited
03. Follow us on Twitter

Law and policy developments
04. In the legislature
05. In the courts
06. Policy developments and other news

Events
07. (Perth) Water Resources Law in Western Australia
08. (Perth) Water Resources Law - Short Course
09. (NSW) Waste Less Webinar
10. (Melbourne) Dangerous Goods Storage, Handling and Transport
11. (Sydney) What About Gas?
12. (Canberra) Climate change, human rights and fossil fuel divestment
13. (Sydney) Nature Conservation Council's 10th Biennial Bushfire Conference
14. (Fiji) Oceania Regional Conservation Forum
15. (Hobart) Indigenous Peoples and Saltwater / Freshwater governance for a sustainable future
16. (Hawaii) 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

Open for Comment
17. Commonwealth
18. Australian Capital Territory
19. New South Wales
20. South Australia
21. Tasmania

Opportunities
22. Work
23. Other

 

NELA news and events

WA NELA Sundowner

The Committee of WA NELA thanks everyone who came along to our sundowner. It was a great networking opportunity and a lot of fun!  Stay tuned for details of more events throughout the year.

 

Australian Environmental Law Digest – contributions invited

Contributions are invited for the June edition of the Australian Environmental Law Digest. Contributions on any topic are welcome, however we are particularly interested in articles discussing alternative energy options.

Articles should be 1,500 – 2,000 words, but longer articles may be accepted. Please email any contributions to review@nela.org.au before 15 May 2015.

 

Follow us on Twitter

The NELA Twitter feed is a great way to stay up to date with environmental law developments in Australia in between issues of the Bulletin. We tweet updates, articles and podcasts, as well as jobs, events and other things which are going to expire before the next issue of the Bulletin is published.

It doesn’t cost anything and you don’t have to be on Twitter (though we welcome follows if you are) – just Google @NELA_Australia or click here to see what’s been happening lately.


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Law and policy developments

In the legislature

Commonwealth

Two offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas storage amendment Bills pass

On 19 March 2015, both the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Amendment (Miscellaneous Matters) Bill 2015 and the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Miscellaneous Matters) Bill 2015 passed both Houses after being introduced on 26 Feb 2015.

The first Bill amends the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Regulatory Levies) Act 2003 to enable the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator to collect an annual titles administration levy in relation to boundary-change petroleum exploration permits.

The second Bill amends the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 to automatically grant or extend the coverage of offshore petroleum titles where a change of boundaries transfers blocks from State or Territory coastal waters into Commonwealth jurisdiction. It also sets out arrangements for the renewal of Commonwealth titles over blocks moved into state or Northern Territory coastal waters as a result of a boundary change.

The Bill makes a number of further amendments to:

  • confer petroleum and greenhouse gas functions on the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA); and

  • enable the recovery of costs for regulatory operations undertaken by NOPSEMA in waters landward of the territorial sea baseline

 

Ban on capital dredging in the Great Barrier Reef

The Commonwealth Government is amending the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983 to prevent disposal of material from capital dredging projects in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The ban will apply to all existing permits for uncontained disposal of capital dredge material. The regulation will also prevent the Great Barrier Marine Park Authority from granting any further permits authorising dumping of capital dredge material in the Marine Park.

For more information, click here.

 

Tasmania

Bill to ban fracking introduced

On 19 March 2015, Tasmanian Greens Leader, Kim Booth MP, introduced a private members bill, the Mineral Resources Development (Hydraulic Fracturing) Amendment Bill 2015.

The Bill seeks to amend the Mineral Resources Development Act 1995 to establish a permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for all mineral exploration, resource development or production processes in Tasmania. 

 

Victoria

Move-on laws amended

The Summary Offences Amendment (Move-on Laws) Act 2015 has been passed. The Act effectively repeals the 'move-on' laws introduced by the Napthine government that provided police with stronger powers to prevent environmental and work-related protests.

 

Bill to ban cattle grazing introduced

The National Parks Amendment (Prohibiting Cattle Grazing) Bill 2015 was introduced on 18 March 2015, with debate adjourned until 1 April 2015.

 

Western Australia

Water Resources Law reforms

The Western Australian Government has given approval to start drafting a new Water Resources Management Bill, aimed at providing simplified, modern water legislation for Western Australia.

The Bill is intended to replace a number of pieces of legislation, including the century old Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914 (WA).

See Events below for details of upcoming Water Resources Law workshops in Perth.

 

Directors' Liability Reform Bill

WA Attorney-General, Michael Mischin, has introduced a Bill to limit and standardise provisions which impose personal criminal liability on directors for corporate offending. The Bill is intended to fulfil WA’s COAG commitment to undertake directors’ liability reform.

The Bill would weaken corporate liability under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA) by repealing the provisions in section 118, which create a presumption of liability for directors and senior managers where a corporation commits an offence.

Instead, section 44E of the Criminal Code (which provides for the criminal liability of officers of a body corporate) would apply only to Tier 1 and Tier 2 offences under the Act.

 

Anti-protest laws proposed

The Western Australian Government has proposed new laws targeting protesting, introducing penalties of up to two years imprisonment for new protest offences.

The Criminal Code Amendment (Prevention of Lawful Activity) Bill 2015 creates offences associated with physically preventing a lawful activity, such as using locking-on devices to prevent the use of machinery. Under the Bill, companies could also seek reimbursement from protestors for the costs incurred when removing them from premises or machinery.

While designed to target dangerous activities and the use of lock-on devices at forestry and mining sites, the Bill has been criticised by journalists and Human Rights organisations for capturing a very broad range of activities. Critics have also raised concerns regarding the Bill’s proposal to reverse the onus of proof.

 

Aquatic Resources Management Bill

This Bill seeks to regulate the State's aquatic resources and the development and management of aquaculture. If passed, the Bill will replace the existing Fish Resources Management Act 1994 (WA) and the Pearling Act 1990 (WA).

 

In the courts

Queensland

Carmichael Coal Mine Objection

Proceedings in the Queensland Land Court relating to objections to the Adani Carmichael mine, which, if approved, will be Australia’s largest coal mine, commenced on 31 March 2015. Hearings are expected to run for five weeks.

For more information regarding the objections, click here.

 

Policy developments and other news

Commonwealth

Young Environmental Lawyer of the year

NELA congratulates Mr Rupert Watters for being awarded the 2014–15 Mahla Pearlman Award for the Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year. The Award is presented annually by the Law Council to a young practising barrister or solicitor who has made a significant contribution to environmental law.

Mr Watters has participated in several landmark cases that have significantly developed aspects of environmental law, on many occasions appearing pro bono.

 

2015 Intergenerational Report

On 5 March 2015, Treasury released the fourth Intergenerational Report. The report is designed to assess the long-term sustainability of current Government policies and how changes to Australia’s population size and age profile may impact on economic growth, workforce and public finances over the next 40 years. The report includes analysis of the key drivers of economic growth – population, participation and productivity – and examines what projected changes in these areas mean for our standard of living and public policy settings.

The report highlights the complementary objectives of economic growth and strong environmental outcomes, noting that there is a role for the Commonwealth Government to continue leading and coordinating domestic environmental policies to drive better environmental management and economic growth for the generations to come. The report also outlines potential environmental pressures and challenges in the next 40 years, however the report has been criticised for under-emphasising the challenge of climate change.

For more information, or a copy of the report, click here.

 

Regulation and Deregulation reports

The Commonwealth Government has published the following reports:

The Deregulation report outlines the Commonwealth Government’s progress and outcomes relating to deregulation in 2014, including the “One Stop Shop” deregulation policy for environmental approvals. The report presents the estimated savings and costs associated with deregulation in 2014.

The Interim Environmental Regulation report was released on behalf of the Environment Ministers. The report outlines the current environmental regulatory reform effort across jurisdictions and lists issues for further investigation.

 

CLCs receive funding relief, but EDOs miss out

On 26 March 2015, Attorney-General, Hon Senator George Brandis, announced that the Commonwealth Government would reinstate funding for Legal Aid, Aboriginal Legal Services and Community Legal Centres, but noted that the decision would not apply to Environmental Defenders Offices.

On 17 December 2013, the Attorney-General announced that funding to EDOs would be terminated immediately. Cuts to other community legal services were also announced but, unlike the EDO cuts, would not take effect until 1 July 2015. The cuts to other legal services have now been deferred until 2017, but funding to EDOs will not be restored.

To read the Attorney-General’s media release, click here.

 

Emissions Reduction Fund auctions

The first auction for the Emissions Reduction Fund, which aims to provide $2.55 billion to projects designed to abate carbon emissions, will take place on 15 and 16 April 2015.

As part of the auction, the Clean Energy Regulator will purchase carbon credit units through a Carbon Abatement Contract, at a price determined by reverse auction. No guidance has been provided regarding benchmark prices for bids, and bidders are not advised what bids are made by other participants.

For more information, click here.

For more information about proposed safeguard mechanisms for the Emissions Reduction Fund, see “Open for Comment” below.

 

State actions urged on emissions reduction

The Climate Institute has released a discussion paper outlining practical strategies that State governments can implement to reduce carbon emissions and set themselves up to compete in a low (or no!) carbon economies. Strategies include:

  1. Setting binding emission limits on industrial emitters

  2. Incorporating carbon cost benefit analysis into planning decisions

  3. Using government procurement policies to help build markets for clean energy goods and services

  4. Implementing energy efficiency policies across all sectors

  5. Providing financial, technical, educational and regulatory assistance to support a move towards clean energy options. 

Download the discussion paper, Getting to Zero, from the Climate Institute website.

 

New South Wales

The Coalition, led by Mike Baird, has been returned to power in NSW after the election on 28 March 2015. The Coalition’s majority was decreased, but remains comfortable. The Greens now hold five seats, picking up two traditionally National seats in northern NSW.

Environmental commitments made by the Coalition include: an expanded suite of energy efficiency measuresthe development of recovery plans for all threatened species and reverse vending machines to reduce used drinks container waste.

 

Northern Territory

New environmental guidelines

Environment Minister Gary Higgins has announced that the NT EPA is developing the following documents:

  • Guidelines to assist project proponents in the preparation of an Environmental Management Plan;

  • Guidelines for pollution avoidance on commercial and industrial building sites;

  • Draft storm water strategy for the Darwin Harbour.

The first Guideline is now available for public comment (see “Open for Comment” below).

 

NT EPA releases Compliance Plan

The NT EPA has released its Compliance Activity Plan for Jan 2015 to June 2016, outlining its strategic projects for the year.

 

Queensland

Planning and environmental laws to be reinstated

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Steven Miles, has announced the Labor government intends to reinstate several major environmental laws removed by the previous administration, including coastal planning laws and vegetation clearing laws. Further updates will be provided as this legislation and policy is introduced.

For more information, click here.

 

Abbot Point Capital Dredging Approval

Premier Palaszczuk has announced that a new approvals process will be undertaken in relation to the application for capital dredging and disposal of dredge spoil at Abbot Point by Adani and GVK. A previous approval was given to dispose of the spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Following public outcry, a revised application was made, involving a proposal to dispose of the spoil on the Caley Valley Wetlands.

Premier Palaszczuk has outlined an alternative approach, involving disposal on the unused Terminal 2 at the Port site.

For more information, click here.

 

Tasmania

Concerns regarding forestry impacts on Swift Parrot

The Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor) is listed as endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) and the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 (Tas). The bird’s breeding range is largely restricted to the East Coast of Tasmania.

Recent research by a team from ANU has concluded that the conservation status of the swift parrot is significantly worse than previously understood, and recommended that breeding areas be protected from logging. The research finds that, without significant efforts to reverse its population decline, the species is “on a trajectory to extinction”.

nomination has been submitted to the Commonwealth Threatened Species Scientific Committee for the parrot to be listed as critically endangered.

The release of this research followed a new Environment Tasmania report, ‘Pulling a Swiftie’, which outlined evidence that logging had been approved in swift parrot breeding habitat, despite expert scientific advice that the logging could interfere with the recovery objectives for the species.

Read the full Report and related Right to Information documents here.

 

Victoria

New planning laws lift wind farm barriers

Victoria’s Labor Premier, Daniel Andrews, has announced changes to wind farm planning laws. The changes include reducing the area in which landowners have the right of veto turbine developments from 2km to 1km and transferring decisions back to the Planning Minister, rather than local councils. 

The new laws, which have been welcomed by the renewable energy sector, take effect on 2 April 2015.

 

New Draft EPA Position Statement on Contaminated Soils

The Victorian EPA has released a draft position statement on the treatment and disposal of contaminated soils in anticipation of contaminated soil treatment facilities operating in Victoria.
The statement advises generators of waste contaminated soils to consider obligations under r.9 of the Environment Protection (Industrial Waste Resource) Regulations 2009 (Vic), which requires waste producers to use landfill only where treatment is not ‘practicably accessible’. The statement warns that, as treatment centres commence operation, landfilling won’t be justifiable on cost alone and alternatives should be explored. 

 

Western Australia

Proposed WA national park assisted by Alcoa and Rio Tinto

A historic State Agreement to facilitate a bauxite mine and alumina refinery in the Kimberley's Mitchell Plateau region is set to be terminated, allowing more than 175,000 hectares of land to be included in a proposed national park over more than two million hectares.

Rio Tinto and Alcoa will also jointly provide $750,000 for the remediation of impacts from exploration activities. Senior members of the companies have expressed their support for the conservation of the area.

 

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Events

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

 

Leaf (Perth) Water Resources Law in Western Australia

As the Western Australian government proposes to reform its water resources laws, this conference explores what such reforms should look like. Featuring a range of national and international experts, the conference will cover a broad range of topics, including water security in a changing climate, equitable allocations, managing cumulative impacts from mining projects and facilitating wastewater reuse

When: 8 April 2015, 8:45am

Where: University of Western Australia

For more information, click here.

 

Leaf (Perth) Water Resources Law - Short Course

Assoc Professor Alex Gardner will lead a short course on Water Resources Law, involving four half-day sessions on the following topics:

  • The institutional framework and objectives of Water Resources Law  

  • The nature of access rights and duties relating to water resources

  • Water allocation planning

  • Administration of statutory entitlements and water trading

When: 9-10 April 2015

Where: University of Western Australia

For more information, click here.

 

(NSW)  Waste Less Webinar

The NSW EPA is running a webinar to discuss its draft 'Waste less, recycle more' strategy for 2015 to 2017. The Strategy is designed to “drive education and behaviour change initiatives to achieve the NSW waste and recycling targets”.

When:  9 April 2015, 2pm – 3:30pm

To register, click here.

 

Leaf (Melbourne) Dangerous Goods Storage, Handling and Transport

The Australian Environmental Business Network is presenting an intermediate level workshop designed to update participants on regulations and requirements in Victoria.

When: 15 April 2015

Where:  Parkview Hotel, St Kilda

For more information, click here.

 

(Sydney) What About Gas?

Green Capital is hosting a breakfast forum to launch their latest discussion paper, What About Gas? The forum will feature presentations from a range of experts, followed  by a moderated panel discussion:

  • Gas industry - Santos VP Eastern Australia, James Baulderstone

  • Business consumers - Australian Industry Group CEO, Innes Willox

  • Climate policy - John Connor, the Climate Institute

  • Community -  Holly Creenaune, Our Land, Our Water, Our Future

When:  22 April 2015, 7:30am

Where:  Rydges, World Square

For more information and to register, click here.

 

(Canberra) Climate change, human rights and fossil fuel divestment

Dr Matthew Rimmer will discuss climate values in respect of justice, human rights, and development, through a biographical case study of Mary Robinson and her Foundation on Climate Justice.

When: 15 May 2015 1pm - 2:30pm

Where: Phillipa Weeks Staff Library, ANU College of Law

 

(Sydney) Nature Conservation Council's 10th Biennial Bushfire Conference

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW is proud to present its 10th Biennial Bushfire Conference Fire and Restoration: working with fire for healthy lands. Further details of the conference themes and a call for abstracts and registrations will follow soon. This two day, multi-disciplinary fire management conference will focus on how fire can be used to rehabilitate degraded landscapes, restore ecological integrity and reinstate resilience into the environment and the community.

When: 26 and 27 May 2015, 9am – 5pm

Where: NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Surry Hills, Sydney

For more information, contact Michelle Rose, NCC Bushfire Program Coordinator at bushfireconf2015@nature.org.au or 02 9516 0359

 

(Fiji) Oceania Regional Conservation Forum

In preparation for the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii in 2016, this forum will provide an opportunity for IUCN members to discuss regional issues and policies to be progressed at the WCC.

The forum will be held on 13-15 July 2015 in Suva, Fiji.

 

(Hobart) Indigenous Peoples and Saltwater / Freshwater governance for a sustainable future

The University of Tasmania (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies) and the Australian National University (ANU College of Law) are convening a workshop to bring together scholars and community practitioners to discuss the environmental governance of marine and freshwater areas by and from the perspective of Indigenous peoples.

Where: University of Tasmania, Hobart

When: 11-12 February 2016

The organisers are calling for presenters and participants. For more information, click here.

 

(Hawaii) 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

Held every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to the world’s most pressing environment and development challenges.

When: 1 to 10 September 2016

Where: Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

The last World Conservation Congress was held in 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea. More information about the 2016 Congress will be shared here as it becomes available.

 

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Open for comment

Commonwealth

National Clean Air Agreement

Australian Environment Ministers have agreed to work towards establishing a National Clean Air Agreement (the Agreement) focussing on reducing air pollution and improving air quality through cooperative action between industry and government at the national, state and local level. The Agreement is designed to incorporate a range of existing, new and complementary measures to improve Australia’s air quality.

On behalf of all jurisdictions, the Australian Department of the Environment is seeking submissions on the discussion paper: Working towards a National Clean Air Agreement. The discussion paper has been prepared to provide an overview of the purpose and context of the Agreement. It is intended to serve as a basis for engagement with business, industry and community representatives to help inform the development of the Agreement.

Submissions close 17 April 2015. For more information, click here.

 

Review of the National Carbon Offset Standard and Carbon Neutral Program

The Commonwealth Government has released a consultation paper on the review of the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) and the Carbon Neutral Program, a partnership between the Commonwealth Government and industry. The NCOS provides companies with the opportunity to voluntarily offset their carbon emissions and gain Government approved carbon neutral certification under the Carbon Neutral Program.

Over 30 organisations are now certified through the Carbon Neutral Program and many others use the NCOS independently to calculate their carbon footprint and offset their emissions. The participants cover a range of sectors including finance, manufacturing, small business, local councils and airlines.

As part of the 2014 Emissions Reduction Fund White Paper, the Government committed to reviewing the NCOS to ensure the standards are aligned with broader Government policy and continue to meet consumer and business needs. The consultation paper is seeking feedback on the strategy and vision for the NCOS and the Carbon Neutral Program, the Government’s role in delivering the NCOS and the Carbon Neutral Program and options for streamlining and improving rules and procedures.

Submissions close 22 April 2015. For more information, click here.

 

Inquiry into stormwater resource in Australia

On 16 March 2015 the Senate referred an inquiry into stormwater resources to the Environment and Communications References Committee. The Committee will report back by 25 June 2015.
Submissions are currently being sought regarding the quantum of stormwater resources in Australia, impacts of flooding and pollution, and options for optimal management practices to minimise environmental impacts and improve waterway management and water resource planning.

The deadline for submissions is 24 April 2015. For more information, click here.

 

Australia’s post-2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target

The Commonwealth Government is inviting submissions on Australia’s next greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for the post-2020 period. The review is being undertaken by the UNFCCC Taskforce in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, as part of Australia’s preparations for the UNFCCC Paris Conference in December 2015. It is expected that negotiations on a new global climate agreement will be concluded at the Paris conference.  

Submissions can be made until 24 April 2015. For more information, click here.

 

Safeguard mechanism for the Emissions Reduction Fund out for public consultation

The safeguard mechanism is one of three key elements for the Emissions Reduction Fund, and the Commonwealth Government has released a consultation paper seeking comments on the design of the mechanism. The safeguard mechanism is intended to ensure that emissions reductions purchased by the Government are not offset by significant rises in emissions elsewhere in the economy. Details relating to the safeguard mechanism will finalised in late 2015, with the safeguard mechanism expected to commence on 1 July 2016.

Comments are due on 27 April 2015. For more information, click here.

For a comprehensive update from Norton Rose Fulbright in NELA’s Environment and Climate Change Law Library, click here.

 

Aquaculture inquiries

Two inquiries have been announced in relation to the expanding aquaculture industry:

 

Tax concessions for environmental charities to be reviewed

The House of Representatives Environment Committee will conduct an inquiry into the “administration, transparency and effectiveness of the Register of Environmental Organisations in supporting practical action to improve the environment”. At present, around 600 environmental organisations are listed in the Register, enabling them to offer tax-deductibility for donations in support of their work.

The inquiry follows a motion endorsed at the Liberal Party conference in 2014 to remove charitable status from environmental organisations engaging in advocacy activities.

Submissions to the inquiry can be made until 21 May 2015. For more information, click here.

 

Australian Capital Territory

Statement of Planning Intent: Canberra

The Minister for Planning, Mick Gentleman, has announced that his office will be developing a Statement of Planning intent setting out the key planning priorities for the ACT Government over the next three to five years.

The public are invited to have their say on planning in the ACT by:

Comments are invited until 8 April 2015. For more information, click here.

 

New South Wales

Establishing national parks

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is seeking comment on the proposed directions, socio-economic considerations and community involvement in creating new national parks and reserves in NSW.

The NPWS acquires land for the establishment of new national parks through public land transfer, voluntary sale or transfer of private land, bequests and donations, or through biodiversity offsets. The NPWS is considering whether opportunities exist to improve these processes.

Submissions are invited until 12 April 2015. For more information, click here.

 

Landfill guidelines

The draft second edition of the Environmental Guidelines: Solid Waste Landfills has been released for public comment. The revised edition has been updated to reflect legislative changes and new technologies and provide more detailed guidance on a range of issues.

Submissions on the draft Guidelines can be made until 30 June 2015. For more information, click here.

 

South Australia

Draft Waste Strategy Issued

Zero Waste SA has released a Consultation Draft of its Waste Strategy 2015-2020. The Paper recognises South Australians’ commitment to the environment, waste reduction and recycling and promotes innovation and efficiencies to achieve greater waste reduction into the future.

Written submissions on the consultation draft must be lodged with Zero Waste SA by 11 May 2015.

 

Tasmania 

Forest Practices Code amendments

The Forest Practices Authority has released draft amendments to the Forest Practices Code for public comment. Proposed amendments include

  • Adding a 'Guiding Policy' to guide implementation of the Code (including reference to a range of planning tools developed to assess and protect natural and cultural values); and

  • Updating references to organisations and documents

Submissions on the proposed amendments can be made until 15 May 2015. For more information, click here

 

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Opportunities

 

Work

(Australia) Contributors for Environment and Climate Change Law Library

NELA has recently launched its Environment and Climate Change Law Library, which aims to become a comprehensive compilation of articles published on environmental law topics by law firms, academics, consultants and NGOs. To register to become a regular contributor, or to submit a one-off article for inclusion in the Library, please contact Jess Feehely

 

Other

Administrative law essay competition

Entries for the Australian Institute of Administrative Law essay competition are invited on the topic “Administrative Law – Challenges of a New Age”. Entries should be 5,000 – 8,000 words and discuss original ideas regarding the practice or theory of administrative law.

The winner will receive $2,500 and their paper may be published in the AIAL Forum.

Entries should be sent to Linda Crebbin, AIAL President at linda.crebbin@act.gov.au before 24 May 2015. Click here for more details.

 

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Thanks to the NELA Bulletin team

The NELA Bulletin is researched and written entirely by volunteers. This month, we thank the following people for their contributions:

A special thanks to Ebony Holland for joining the team!

 

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