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The State Government tabled the report of the Review of the Climate Change Act 2010 (Vic), along with its response to it, in Parliament on Tuesday.


Last Wednesday the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of MyEnvironment v VicForests. MyEnvironment, a Central Highlands–based environment group, were seeking to halt logging in Toolangi forest on the basis that it was habitat to the Leadbeater's Possum – a threatened species and Victoria's faunal emblem.

The Supreme Court yesterday decided in the case of MyEnvironment Inc v VicForests that the law did not protect an area of Leadbeater's Possum habitat in Toolangi from logging by VicForests. 

We have released a submission in response to the National Human Rights Action Plan. The Action Plan forms part of a suite of human rights policy documents developed by the Australian Government in recent years which set out the status of human rights in Australia, priorities for reform, and steps to implementation.

We got some pretty great news at the EDO this week. The Victorian government announced that they will proceed with reforming the EES process - the out-dated and ineffectual system that purports to assess the environmental impacts of large projects (also called an environmental impact assessment, or 'EIA' process).

The Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke MP, is due to make a decision on whether to approve the new coal terminal at the port at Abbot Point, Queensland. The proposed coal terminal will have significant impacts on the Great Barrier Reef. It will require significant dredging.

On 28 February 2012, the Victorian Government lodged an appeal with the Federal Court against the Federal Environment Minister, challenging his recent decision to refuse approval to the Government's 'alpine grazing trial'. 

The Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, has rejected the Victorian Government's proposal to return cattle grazing to the Alpine National Park as 'clearly unacceptable' under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.  The Victorian Government had referred the proposal to the Minister for assessment and approval under the Act.

As of 3 January 2012, VCAT has reinstated its Major Cases List.

The Major Cases List aims to speed up the planning appeal process for planning disputes that concern high-cost developments.

The Major Cases List was originally introduced in early 2010, but was suspended in March 2011 after it ran out of funding.

The Victorian Government has realised an election promise to change Victoria's Freedom of Information (FOI) laws.


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