Environmental protection

Report

11 Sep 2017

The Four Corners program reported on the implementation of the 2012 NSW Water Sharing Plan for the Barwon-Darling system. The Water Sharing Plan sets out the water entitlements for stakeholders (including irrigators, the environment, communities and industry). It forms the basis for individual...

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Strategy

31 Aug 2017

Australia is one of the most ancient, naturally beautiful and biodiverse places on Earth. It has nineteen World Heritage properties, sixty-five Ramsar wetlands and more than one million species of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else. Australia is rich in many natural and...

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Draft report

30 Aug 2017

Comments are being sought on the this draft plan, which is intended to guide how industry, government and the community will work together to improve the quality of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef.

The plan is an update of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan 2013 and supports...

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Report

23 Aug 2017

This report is the Australian Government response to the report by the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee in relation to the inquiry into oil or gas production in the Great Australian Bight.  It responds to issues raised about environmental controls and consultation...

Journal article

14 Aug 2017

The life-supporting capacity of New Zealand’s environments has been much reduced and the pace of degradation shows little sign of abating (Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand, 2015). Few countries are experiencing greater biodiversity loss, more rapid freshwater deterioration...

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Discussion paper

28 Jul 2017

Australian governments have been trying to develop northern Australia for a long time, with the latest policy papers and Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility just the most recent in a long tradition of generally unsuccessful attempts to entice more people to the continent’s north with the...

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Report

15 Jul 2017

This report is a documentation of the rates and directions of migration of limesand dunes in parts of Western Australia. With the application of ArcGIS, georeferenced maps and aerial images from 1960 to 2010 were used to measure and monitor the locations of a selection of mobile dunes along the...

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Report

06 Jul 2017

This report is being released in the lead up to National Tree Day (Sunday 30 July 2017). The report examines how prepared the next generation is to tackle the biggest global challenges facing humanity. These challenges have been defined by the...

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Policy report

30 Jun 2017

This paper considers the research question - what are the prospects for sustainable tourism and recreation in the National Parks of New Zealand, given the recent shifts in regulation and governance to facilitate a Conservation Economy? A number of sub-questions are also adrressed:

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Report

29 Jun 2017

National parks, reserves and other protected areas are vital to the survival of Australia’s unique fauna and flora – animals and plants found nowhere else in the world – and to our valuable nature tourism industry. National parks and other protected areas also provide many other valuable ‘...

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Report

26 Jun 2017

It’s renowned as the world’s largest living thing. The Great Barrier Reef is also the biggest contributor to our national economy and our international brand.

Putting a price on it might seem impossible, given the reef’s irreplaceable beauty and biodiversity. Of course it’s invaluable on...

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Report

22 Jun 2017

On 21 March 2017 the Senate referred the followed matters to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee (committee) for inquiry and report by 22 June 2017:

The biosecurity risks associated with the importation of seafood and seafood products (including uncooked...

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Survey

19 Jun 2017

From October 2016 to May 2017, Environmental Justice Australia held 10 workshops in metro and rural Victoria on the Environment Protection Act and EPA and the reform process being conducted by the Victorian Government. The purpose of the workshops was to help the community understand what rights...

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Report

08 Jun 2017

The inquiry into the Environment Protection Amendment (Banning Plastic Bags, Packaging and Microbeads) Bill 2016 is a legislation inquiry. This means that the Committee’s focus for the inquiry is on the specifics of the Bill rather than a broader review of issues that may relate to the Bill, but...

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Research report

04 Jun 2017

An assessment of the current status of Australia's Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) paints a grim picture for threatened birds. In 2017, 19 KBAs have been declared as 'in danger' of losing the environmental values that make them important. These KBAs require urgent action to arrest their decline....

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Report

18 May 2017

The Carmichael mine will be Australia’s largest coalmine with a potential lifetime of up to 60 years. Australia has very large coal deposits, but for Australia to play its role in tackling climate change, over 90% of Australia’s existing thermal coal reserves must be left in the ground unburned...

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Report

11 May 2017

This report considers potential environmental, social and economic impacts of BP's planned exploratory oil drilling project, and any future oil or gas production in the Great Australian Bight.

The report:

  • describes Australia's oil and gas industry, and BP's exploratory program
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Technical report

11 May 2017

This audit was undertaken when the Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development was responsible for ensuring land disturbed by mining activities is rehabilitated in accordance with the relevant development approval, including the administration of mining rehabilitation security...

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Journal article

08 May 2017

Introduction

Marine spatial planning is a well-established approach internationally, and has been used to assist in the application of an ecosystem-based management approach to the marine environment (Ehler and Douvere, 2009; Ehler, 2014). New Zealand’s first marine...

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Journal article

08 May 2017

Introduction

In 2016 the Environmental Defence Society embarked on an analysis of compliance monitoring and enforcement of environmental law in New Zealand (Brown, 2017).1 The responsibilities for ensuring that the aspirations of law and policy are met with respect to the...

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