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This RAI policy brief explores current approaches involving local communities in resource development processes. It argues that effective local action is the most important driver of success in capturing local benefits from resource projects. The brief advocates for a revision of current processes, suggesting that...
Since the beginning of the mining boom Australia’s rural sector has lost $61.5 billion in export income. This includes $18.9 billion in 2011-12 alone. These losses have occurred because the mining boom has forced the Australian dollar to historic highs.
Assessing the key policy implications for regional Australia in the Asian Century, given that regionally based industries will be the leaders of economic change in the coming decades, this policy briefing responds to the Australian Government's recent Asian Century White Paper.
Examining Timor-Leste's current tangle of land ownership claims, this briefing recommends that the government and its partners act now to supplement titling with clear public information.
Measures to resolve land disputes in Timor-Leste must go beyond a draft law on land titling if they...
This research brief provides an overview of the main provisions of this Victorian legislation, background information on climate change, an overview of the state government's White Paper Action Plan, stakeholder responses, and legislation in other jurisdictions.
The main purposes of the Bill are...
Publicly owned protected areas have long been the cornerstone of biodiversity conservation in NSW. The NSW terrestrial reserve system consists of 800 protected areas, covering an area of 6.7 million hectares, or over 8.4% of the total land area of NSW.1 The NSW marine reserve...
The first legislative framework for planning in NSW was introduced in 1945 in the form of amendments to the Local Government Act 1919. Dedicated environmental planning legislation was introduced with the enactment of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A Act) in 1979. The EP&A...
This briefing paper summarises the legislative and administrative arrangements for water management in rural NSW.
Water regulation commenced in NSW with the Water Act 1912 . Substantial water reforms have taken place within the past 20 years, with the Commonwealth...
This brief looks at the location, environment, geology and mineral resource of the Yeelirrie deposit and summarises its political history since discovery in 1972.
The brief then examines some of the environmental, social and economic issues surrounding this project.
The Yeelirrie uranium deposit...