Exclusion from the Tasmanian Solicitors’ Guarantee Fund this week was another tough blow to EDO Tas, on top of the termination of our Federal funding.
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EDO’s Acting Principal Lawyer, Adam Beeson, expressed disappointment at the rejection of EDO’s application for funding from the Solicitors’ Guarantee Fund (SGF), decided today by Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin. EDO had sought funding over two years to employ staff to deliver its core services.
“Almost all community legal centres across the state have received some support, which we welcome” Mr Beeson said “but regrettably, EDO’s application was rejected in its entirety.”
“EDO Tasmania is the only community legal centre with expertise in planning and environmental law. We facilitate public participation – a cornerstone of the resource management and planning system. No other organisation provides this service.”
“Our expert team provides Tasmanians from across the State with advice about rights, obligations and options. We apply our knowledge and practical experience in constructive ways to improve environment and planning law.” Mr Beeson said.
The announcement follows the termination of Federal Government funding to EDO Tasmania twelve months ago. EDO discovered the news regarding the SGF due to an inquiry from a journalist. The Attorney-General has not notified us of this decision.
“It is regrettable the Hodgman government has followed the Abbott government’s lead in failing to support EDO. This is despite the Productivity Commission’s 2014 recommendation that the legal assistance sector receive funding for ‘strategic advocacy, law reform and public interest litigation including in relation to environmental matters’”.
“The Attorney’s decision is regrettable however EDO will continue to operate. Without assistance though the Solicitors Guarantee Fund, our capacity to deliver services will become even more reliant on public donations” Mr Beeson said.
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Miss the wonderful presentation by Marjan Minnesma, EDO Qld and EDO NSW about climate litigation? You can watch it here:
Marjan will be presenting in Sydney on Wednesday, and on Thursday in Melbourne.
To read more about the Urgenda court decision, click here. For a useful explainer, check out Thom Mitchell’s analysis in New Matilda.
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Last month, there was much jubilation around the world when a court in the Hague ordered that the Dutch Government had an obligation to its citizens to take stronger action on climate change.
Marjan Minnesma, director of Urgenda, the NGO that brought the case against the Dutch government, will be in Australia next week. Unfortunately, she won’t make it to Tasmania, however EDO Tasmania will be hosting a live broadcast of her presentation in Brisbane (organised by our colleagues at EDO Qld).
This event is an opportunity to learn more about this landmark case – what led to the action, and what the court relied on in identifying the government’s obligations. It is also an opportunity to hear about various legal activities underway in Australia to secure stronger responses to climate change.
When: 21 July 2015, 5:45pm (for a 6pm start)
Where: Old Woolstore, Davey St
This is a FREE event, however spaces are limited so please register at www.edo-climate.eventbrite.com.au.
Thanks to the enormous generosity of lots of people, we are very pleased to be able to offer the following items for auction at our quiz night on 17 July 2015:
- Framed original Kudelka (valued at $440)
- 2 bedroom, self-contained eco cabin at Stewarts Bay Lodge
(1 night, valued at $280)
- Self-contained cabin or deluxe tipee at Huon Bush Retreats*
(1 night, valued at $180)
- Bruny Island or Tasman Island cruise for 2 with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys (valued at $250)
- Peppermint Bay cruise for 2, including lunch (valued at $196)
- Goulds Winter Eco-hamper, with loads of organic, naturopathic goodies (valued at $80)
- Smitten Merino pack (scarf + head band – orange)
(valued at $164)
- Smitten Merino pack (scarf + beanie – black and white)
(valued at $164)
- Alcorso Wine Pack (valued at $50)
- Family pass to Port Arthur Historic Site (valued at $80)
If you are not able to attend the quiz, but would like to bid on any of these items, please text your name, Item No (as shown above) and your bid to 0400 803 262 before 8pm on 17 July 2015.
*Huon Bust Retreats is a commercial conservation property 50 minutes south from Hobart.The land has been rescued form loggers and now provides an opportunity for visitors to Relax, Explore, Experience, Nature. Huon Bush Retreats is looking for a new owner, so if you have ever thought about owning a private nature reserve, here is your chance!
The latest edition of the EDO Bulletin is now available. This edition examines a few policy tensions: the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper and the decision to approve a mine on prime farmland, governments endorsing threatened species recovery planning while continuing to approve habitat clearing, and the value of public participation in decisions regarding planning schemes and management plans.
There’s also a reminder about our Quiz Night (be quick, only a few tables left!) and details of a range of upcoming events.
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