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.

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Re-imagining our environmental laws

January 1, 2015

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Corruption ranking shows Australia losing ground

December 7, 2014

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Is the one stop shop dead?

October 1, 2014

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Bad state of affairs: Fed govt moves to hand approvals to Victoria

September 10, 2014

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Have your say on the way air pollution is regulated

August 5, 2014

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Healthy water ecosystems: exploring community involvement in water governance

April 22, 2014

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Open slather for big transport projects

September 6, 2013

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VCAT fee increases to go ahead – third parties shut out

May 23, 2013

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KABOOM!! The Texas tragedy and environmental justice

April 24, 2013

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