Queensland case to focus on the human rights implications of climate change

A group of young Queenslanders is challenging the mining lease and environmental approval for the Waratah coal mine, part of the Galilee Coal Project.
Although detailed grounds are not yet available, statements on behalf of the group indicate that the grounds will explicitly link climate change with human rights in a way that is novel in Australia. It will also further explore the principle of intergenerational equity that underpinned the landmark 2019 Gloucester Resources decision in New South Wales.[1]
The Galilee Coal case is likely to have ramifications for future decisions regarding exploitation of the Galilee Basin coal resource.

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Review of Commonwealth environmental laws – EPBC Act Discussion Paper

Last week, the Discussion Paper relating to the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) was released for public consultation.

The Discussion Paper outlines potential areas of focus for the review and floats potential options for reform. It is intended to encourage thinking and shape discussions with stakeholders throughout the consultation process. Continue reading

Latest on Geraldton and South West native title settlements

Developments have recently occurred in the Geraldton and South West native title settlements. In-principle agreement has been reached for the Geraldton settlement, while a further hearing in the judicial review proceedings relating to the South West settlement has been listed for November 2019. Land users with interests in these regions should follow the progress of the settlements. Continue reading