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The Abbott government wants to repeal a section of our national environmental laws that gives environmentalists and environment organisations “standing” to challenge the Environment Minister’s decisions in court.

Hazelwood mine fire ABC news

Environmental Justice Australia has represented local community group Voices of the Valley throughout the process of getting the inquiry re-opened to consider the crucial question: Did deaths occur as a result of the mine fire in the months after it occurred?

Lawyers from Environmental Justice Australia appeared before the Victorian Government’s Coal Seam Gas Inquiry in Torquay.

Last year, Victoria announced a 12 month moratorium on exploring for unconventional gas exploration, including coal seam gas and fracking.

It’s no secret that our federal government is failing to address the threat of dangerous climate change. The repeal of the Carbon Tax, coupled with repeated attacks on renewable energy, mean the climate crisis is getting worse while we do less and less to address it.

State governments may be able to bridge some of the gap by acting to bring in their own climate legislation.

Hearings into the post-fire spike in deaths at the reopened Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry commence next week.

Since the terrible events of February 2014, when toxic coal smoke choked the towns of the Latrobe Valley, the local community has fought hard to find the truth about the fire.

It's an excellent time for Victoria to step up and show some leadership on climate change, and we think the answer is a Climate Charter. And you can help.
 

 

 

On 15 July, Australian state, territory and Commonwealth environment ministers met to determine whether they would adopt proposed new air pollution standards.

Reviews have been underway in NSW and Victoria into their respective Environment Protection Agencies (EPAs).

In NSW, this review was instigated in response to ongoing community concerns about the EPA’s management of pollution events, and widespread perception of the EPA as reluctant to enforce environmental standards.

Environmental law is struggling to meet the immense challenges that confront our generation. As with other areas of social life and public affairs, law periodically must remake itself in order to meet historic challenges and to be equal to tasks that society invests in it. For environmental law, this is no different.

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