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.

Re-imagining our environmental laws

Re-imagining our environmental laws

January 1, 2015

Corruption ranking shows Australia losing ground

Corruption ranking shows Australia losing ground

December 7, 2014

Is the one stop shop dead?

Is the one stop shop dead?

October 1, 2014

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

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

September 10, 2014

Have your say on the way air pollution is regulated

Have your say on the way air pollution is regulated

August 5, 2014

Healthy water ecosystems: exploring community involvement in water governance

Healthy water ecosystems: exploring community involvement in water governance

April 22, 2014

Open slather for big transport projects

Open slather for big transport projects

September 6, 2013

VCAT fee increases to go ahead – third parties shut out

VCAT fee increases to go ahead – third parties shut out

May 23, 2013

KABOOM!! The Texas tragedy and environmental justice

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