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Concern for Murray river floodplains

Concern for Murray river floodplains

It's incredibly disappointing that plans to artificially engineer floodplains on the Murray River are going ahead, so that even more water can be provided to irrigators from this iconic river system. The Victorian Murray Floodplain Restoration Projects include plans...

ACCC greenwash complaint against VicForests

ACCC greenwash complaint against VicForests

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been asked to investigate whether a Victorian government agency, VicForests, is deliberately misleading the public about the true cost of its industrial logging operations.Who filed the greenwashing...

Community legal guide for forest protectors in Victoria

Community legal guide for forest protectors in Victoria

In the face of catastrophic bushfires and as our climate and ecosystems collapse before our eyes, the right to protest native forest logging is more important than ever. Across the continent, we are seeing an alarming trend of state governments moving to impose...

Watershed court victory against VicForests

Watershed court victory against VicForests

There were emotional scenes inside the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal this week as environment groups gathered to hear the judgement in their latest legal fight against VicForests. In November 2022, VicForests was found to have been logging in breach of...

Iconic birds threatened by Lee Point development

Iconic birds threatened by Lee Point development

Imagine you are Australia's Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek. You take office with the aim of ending the extinction crisis, and now you find yourself allowing developments to proceed that will threaten habitat for endangered species. Last week, the Minister...

Taking on land clearing in the NT

Taking on land clearing in the NT

What are savannah woodlands and why do they need protection from bulldozers and big cotton? In February this year, EJA lawyers launched an important court case representing the Environment Centre of the Northern Territory to protect the world’s largest remaining...

Court actions protect forests for communities, creatures and climate

Court actions protect forests for communities, creatures and climate

An extraordinary victory that was decades in the making: the Victorian government has announced native forest logging will end by 1 January 2024. Our forests will keep standing. Our threatened wildlife are safer. We can visit today – and take our children tomorrow....

Laws criminalising peaceful protests

Laws criminalising peaceful protests

What do Victoria's draconian new laws mean for forest protestors? The Victorian government is introducing harsh new penalties and threats of prison time to deter concerned citizens from protesting against environmental destruction.   The laws are part of an alarming...

It’s time to get our new environment laws right

It’s time to get our new environment laws right

ELLEN MAYBERYEJA SENIOR SPECIALIST LAWYER AND ECOSYSTEMS LEADWe don’t often have the opportunity to completely overhaul our national environment laws. As environmental lawyers, we know just how urgently it’s needed. Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek has...

Have your say: Murray River floodplains

Have your say: Murray River floodplains

The iconic Murray Darling Basin is in strife. Climate breakdown, politics, industry and agriculture have left this incredible river system one of the most vulnerable water basins on the planet. Now, the federal and Victorian state governments plan to “reengineer” nine...

Two landmark court wins for our forests in two weeks

Two landmark court wins for our forests in two weeks

The Supreme Court of Victoria has handed down two landmark judgments, both finding state-owned logging agency VicForests has logged illegally. In a win for forests and community, both judgments will require VicForests to survey for and protect threatened species. In...

Sustainable Water Strategy fails the water leadership test

Sustainable Water Strategy fails the water leadership test

Appearances can be deceptive. It’s hard to believe that we’re in a water crisis when we are surrounded by lush green, and the rain just keeps on falling. But the climate crisis that is becoming increasingly apparent the world over is also a water crisis, writes...

‘Nullius’: water, law and overcoming the colonial project

‘Nullius’: water, law and overcoming the colonial project

The following is a lecture given at Duke University in the United States by Senior Specialist Lawyer Dr Bruce Lindsay. The intersecting space of environmental law and First Nations’ justice in our country is part of a wider canvas which relates to structural and...

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