Democratic rights

Environmental Justice Australia helps communities gain access to justice, whether it’s defending community members’ right to object to inappropriate developments, defending the right to advocate and protest, being a watchdog of EPAs (environmental protection agencies), or helping communities navigate complex environmental impact assessments when new mines are proposed.

The principle of environmental justice holds that it is unjust for one part of the community to bear more than its share of environmental burden (and associated impacts such as those on human health).

Communities in Melbourne’s west have long endured pollution and health impacts from landfills, heavy truck traffic and toxic dumping, so we work with groups like MTAG – the Maribyrnong Truck Action Group – and WREC – the Western Region Environment Centre – to help those communities enforce their democratic rights.

People who bear pollution burden want a say in decision-making

June 19, 2017

Community involvement a key to Yarra’s health

April 6, 2017

Community rights and Victoria’s EPA

April 4, 2017

People do care about nature!

February 28, 2017

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Call for action: Once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the laws that protect Victoria’s nature

February 13, 2017

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Ruling confirms access to coal mine rehabilitation bank guarantees is in the public interest

December 16, 2016

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EJA meets with UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders

October 3, 2016

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Fracking ban a win for Victorian communities

September 6, 2016

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Yarra River Protection Act submission guide

July 11, 2016

Democratic rights: news and media

September 21, 2018

International experts slam Victoria’s failure to control power station pollution

August 14, 2018

Wyndham’s eyesore tip gets expansion green light (Bay 93.9)

July 27, 2018

Submission to Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry

June 25, 2018

Community enforcement a step further (Latrobe Valley Express)

June 22, 2018

Submission on the Victorian Clean Air Statement

June 21, 2018

Inclusion of community rights a big step forward for Victorian environment law