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EDO Tasmania is a non-profit community legal centre advising on environmental and planning law. Our aim is to increase public awareness of environmental laws and remedies, and help the community to secure a healthy, sustainable Tasmania.
Resources Minister, Paul Harriss MHA, has announced a moratorium on logging on Bruny Island while a swift parrot management plan is completed. The decision recognises that the Swift Parrot has been upgraded to Critically Endangered by the IUCN and is under threat from habitat loss and predation by sugar gliders. As Bruny Island provides a safe haven from sugar gliders, the island forests are important for Swift Parrot protection.
A Swift Parrot management plan is being developed in consultation between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments. The outcome of the plan may be that forests on Bruny Island need to be permanently excluded from forestry operations. The Government has flagged that, if this is the case, it will consider whether to exchange land on Bruny Island for land currently protected in a Future Potential Production Forest so there is no net loss of forestry land.
To read the Government’s media release, click here.
Image: Dr Eric Woehler
The Federal Court has fined Japanese whaling company Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha Ltd $1 million for defying a 2008 Federal Court injunction preventing whaling in the Australian Whale Sanctuary. The action was brought by Humane Society International, represented by EDO NSW.
For more information about the case, click here.
Despite no public hearings having been held and the reporting date being deferred to February 2016, Coalition members of the Senate Committee inquiring into the Government’s Bill to remove extended standing for environment groups to access the courts today handed down a report supporting the changes. The ALP and Greens members of the Committee have released dissenting reports opposing the changes.
On 15 November, our hardy team of walkers, runners and a pedaller (Paul Pritchard, the event’s first disability trike entrant) conquered the Point to Pinnacle half marathon.
Thanks to generous support from all over the country, we have raised almost $10,000 for EDO Tas. Tax-deductible donations can still be made until 30 November at https://pointtopinnacle2015.everydayhero.com/au/edo-tasmania
(Sorry to be missing Jess Wilson and Jen Boocock from the photos.)
The text of the Trans Pacific Partnership has now been released.
Despite assurances by the Trade Minister that the deal provides safeguards which “carve out” environmental laws from provisions allowing countries to challenge laws in other trade partner countries that restrict their activities, an international arbitration expert has raised concerns:
There are significant improvements in this treaty, but they do not immunise Australia from any of these claims. If the trade minister is saying, ‘We’re not at risk for regulating environmental matters’, then the trade minister is wrong.
George Kahale III, Chairman of world’s leading legal arbitration firm –
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
To read the Environment Chapter, click here.
For more analysis of the impacts, click here to read Jess Hill’s article in the Guardian in which the above comments were made.
EDO Tasmania is seeking a lawyer to manage our public interest litigation practice. The Litigation Lawyer will be primarily responsible for providing legal advice and representing clients in relation to a range of planning and environmental law issues, including managing appeals and enforcement actions in the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal, Supreme Court and Federal Court.
Applicants must have at least three years post-admission litigation experience, preferably in the area of environmental, planning or administrative law, excellent communication skills and be a good strategic thinker.
Applications must be received by 5pm on 30 November 2015. Ideally, the successful candidate will commence work in January 2016.
The full position description is available here.
A new CSIRO report highlights that efforts to secure environmental sustainability will also bring long-term economic security, but will require collective action.
The report models 20 different scenarios and finds that many of the options would result in “sustainable prosperity”. Significantly, the report finds that top-down collective choices (such as legislative changes and government policy), make 50-90% of differences in environmental performance.
Read more about the report here.
On 28 October 2015, EDO Tasmania celebrated our 20th birthday. A huge thanks to the Governor, Her Excellency the Hon Professor Kate Warner, for hosting the reception at Government House, to everyone who attended and to everyone who’s supported EDO Tasmania over the past two decades.