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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Citizen science, community-based research and meaningful public participation in decision-making

April 18, 2013

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EPA letting the public in

April 9, 2013

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The law – a ball and chain, or a catalyst for social change?

April 4, 2013

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Review: Practising law in the sharing economy by Janelle Orsi

February 28, 2013

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Public participation in EPA decisions

February 26, 2013

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When environmental impact assessment fails a community: Minister approves mega boat ramp in Mallacoota

January 24, 2013

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Proposed increase in planning powers will allow Minister to run amok

January 21, 2013

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FOI Commissioner Appointed

November 9, 2012

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Audit-General strongly critical of government oversight of environmental laws

October 28, 2012

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