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.

Some time ago, a Minister of State accused us of running a 'campaign of misinformation' designed to 'shut down all exploration for coal and gas resources' in Victoria.

The claims were made by Michael O'Brien, the Minister for Resources and Energy, in response to our report on Reforming Mining Law in Victoria.

The EDO has recently won a case in VCAT to gain access to documents held by the Victorian Government, which the Government used to justify its decision to commence its contentious 'alpine grazing trial' in the Alpine National Park, which commenced in early 2011.  The ABC has already reported on this win, and you can read it

This piece expands on a comment in response to an article recently published on Crikey by Andrew McIntosh of ANU and Richard Denniss of the Australia Institute.  The greentape slugfest that is the EPBC Act – Crikey 24 May 2012

Whoa!  Reality check please for Dr Andrew and Dr Richard.

The push for better mining laws in Victoria took a step forward this week; but there’s still a long way to go before Victorians can be sure that their health and their environment are being protected.

On 14 March 2012, environment group MyEnvironment lost their Supreme Court case against Vicforests.   The Court rejected their argument, made on their behalf by their lawyers Bleyer Lawyers and barristers Kristin Walker and Emrys Nekvapil, that Vicforests ought not be able to log forests at Toolangi that are habitat for the critically endangered Leadbeaters Possum.  The case’s many supporters w

The Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department is proposing to merge a raft of financial assistance schemes for individuals and groups seeking legal assistance into a single scheme. They have invited submissions and we (in our capacity as the Australian Network of Environmental Defenders Offices) have made one.


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