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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Planning Minister dodges scrutiny of decision

October 11, 2012

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Bill to strip back planning rights hits Parliament

June 20, 2012

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Is the Minister for Planning actually planning for coastal climate change?

June 6, 2012

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A response to Minister O’Brien

June 6, 2012

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Desperately seeking legal aid for public interest litigation

May 15, 2012

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Proposed changes to Victoria’s FOI laws

December 15, 2011

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