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Environmental protection

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15 Nov 2017

From 2006 onwards the NSW Ombudsman’s office has received complaints and public interest disclosures alleging that the water management principles and rules were not being properly complied with and enforced. We have undertaken three prior investigations into those complaints and disclosures...

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Submission

11 Nov 2017

Long ago, the area known today as Port Phillip Bay was not a bay but a wide expanse  of dry countryside. We know this from scientific evidence and from stories passed down through generations by the local indigenous people. The Traditional Owners of this area call the Bay 'Nairm'.

Today,...

Briefing paper

06 Nov 2017

This e-brief discusses the High Court’s decision in Brown v Tasmania and its implications for protest law in NSW.

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31 Oct 2017

Australia exports high-value seafood such as rock lobster and abalone, while importing items such as canned fish and frozen prawns. These lesser value products come from countries with lower labour costs, particularly Vietnam, China and Thailand.

The majority of raw prawn imports...

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Draft report

31 Oct 2017

The NSW marine estate is a valuable natural asset to the people of NSW. It comprises tidal rivers and estuaries, the shoreline, the submerged lands, and the waters of the NSW coast from the Queensland border to the Victorian border and out to three nautical miles offshore. The NSW Government’s...

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27 Oct 2017

On 3 December 2016 the Northern Territory Government announced an independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Unconventional Reservoirs in the Northern Territory. The Inquiry is investigating the environmental, social and economic risks and impacts of hydraulic fracturing...

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Commentary

26 Oct 2017

The destruction of Tasmania’s pristine wilderness areas, first by dams and then by logging, has been a focus for environmental protests at least since the flooding of Lake Pedder in 1972. Bob Brown, the founding leader of the Greens, has been a central figure in much of that history, as he was...

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Research report

25 Oct 2017

With business creation and investment in Australia in precipitous decline, it is critical that all levels of Australian government undertake reforms to reduce red tape to achieve minimum best practice regulation.

Environmental law in Australia...

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Research report

09 Oct 2017

This document reviews current science on Leadbeater’s Possum and its montane ash forest habitat in the Central Highlands of Victoria.

The report comprises seven chapters on key topics related to the conservation and current management of Leadbeater’s Possum and the forest habitats on...

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Briefing paper

03 Oct 2017

The Australia Institute regularly conducts polling on a range of public policy issues. The Australia Institute surveyed 1,421 Australians between 17 and 26 September 2017 about whether they support or oppose their state government implementing a moratorium on fracking for gas and an increased...

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Strategy

03 Oct 2017

The Victorian government is seeking views from the community and industry on the proposed approach to managing e-waste in Victoria.

E-waste is growing up to three times faster than general municipal waste in Australia and covers a range of items we use and discard from our daily working...

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Discussion paper

03 Oct 2017

In 2017, the Australian government published a review into the first phase of the National Landcare Program. The findings have helped to inform the proposed delivery arrangements of Regional Land Partnerships.

The Australian Government wants to...

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Report

03 Oct 2017

Report Card 2016 assesses the reported results of Reef Water Quality Protection Plan 2013 actions up to June 2016.

Results show progress in some areas; however, faster uptake of improved land management practices is required to meet the water quality targets.

Not all...

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22 Sep 2017

This summary provides stakeholders with woody vegetation change summary statistics for all SLATS mapping between the first mapping period of 1988–91 and up to the most recent 2015–16 mapping period.

The spreadsheet contains additional woody vegetation change data summaries which are not...

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21 Sep 2017

On July 20, 2017, the federal government released plans to reduce protection of Australia’s marine environment. 40 million hectares of highly protected sanctuary areas could be removed from the country’s network of Commonwealth marine parks, an area twice the size of Victoria.

In the...

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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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Discussion paper

09 Sep 2017

Recent changes to s106 of the Water Act 2007 have increased the flexibility for the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (the ‘CEWH’) to sell water allocations if the proceeds are used for water acquisitions or environmental...

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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...