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Yesterday, the Victorian Government made the long-awaited appointment of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Commissioner.

On 24 October, the Victorian Auditor-General reported on the ‘effectiveness of compliance activities’ of the two main departments charged with administering environmental legislation in Victoria, the Department of Sustainability and Environment and the Depar

The EDO has made a submission to a Review on native vegetation regulation being undertaken by the Victorian Government. The Government has put forward a range of reform proposals in a recent Consultation Paper on the subject.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has handed down its decision in Lisa Caripis v Victoria Police, an important case about protesters and their rights to privacy.  

The EDO acted for Lisa Caripis, a researcher and writer on climate change law, who had been filmed by Police attending a peaceful protest.

Good planning should be based on community consultation, expert advice and accountability and transparency.

Last week, Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy MP, made a last-minute, political decision to avoid proper planning processes that is completely contrary to principles of good planning.

The Environment Defenders Office is representing a small environment group, Friends of the Surry, in an upcoming VCAT hearing on 8 October.  The case is about protecting our coast from bad planning decisions.

You may not realise it, but the Victorian Government is planning to amend Victorian law to lock in logging in our native forests for the foreseeable future. 

The EDO is acting for Lisa Caripis, who attended a protest at the Hazelwood Power Station in 2010, where she experienced being filmed by the Victoria Police.  The Victoria Police have since retained the footage - although the protest was peaceful, and no arrests were made.  

A bill to strip back the rights of community members' to intervene in the planning process is now before the Victorian Parliament, promising Victorians a planning system that puts developers first and leaves ordinary citizens increasingly sidelined.

On Monday this week, the Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, outlined his new approach to planning in Victoria's coastal areas, which are subject to impacts from climate change such as sea-level rise. 

The announcement was that the Minister had finally prepared his response to a Report that had been provided to the government in December 2010.  The Minister also made this Report available to the public.


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