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A tribute to Murray Wilcox

Jess Feehely writes: EDOs of Australia was saddened by the news that Hon Murray Wilcox AO QC, who was instrumental in establishing the network of EDOs and advancing environmental governance across the country, passed away last week.

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Experience: Interning at the EDO

Law student Felicity Brown recently did her Aurora internship at EDO NSW. Felicity is currently in her fourth year of a Bachelor Law/ Bachelor of International Relations/ Diploma of Languages (French) at the Australian National University in Canberra. Here she writes about her interning experience.

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Regulating plastics in the Pacific

Next to climate change, plastics arguably represent the greatest environmental threat facing the planet today. In response, EDO NSW has worked with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and with EDO ACT to produce a guide for policymakers and legislative drafters on regulating plastics in Pacific Island countries.

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Emma Carmody: recipient of the 2018 Dunphy Award

Dr Emma Carmody, EDO NSW water law expert, has won the Dunphy Award for “most outstanding environmental effort of an individual” at the 2018 Environment Awards hosted by the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.

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More than just fish and ships - the case for an Oceans Act

EDO NSW has written a report for HSI Australia which sets out a vision for nationally integrated marine management, with strong national, regional and global leadership through a new Oceans Authority and clear framework legislation – an Oceans Act.

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On the river for water law

An important part of our work as lawyers at EDO NSW is visiting our clients in rural and regional areas and learning more about their properties, businesses and legal concerns.

By Dr Emma Carmody, Senior Policy and Law reform Solicitor

8 August 2018

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The political endorsement of extinction

The truth will out. Well, it just might if you have freedom of information laws, a dedicated client and public interest lawyers with stamina.

By Rachel Walmsley, Policy & Law Reform Director EDO NSW

25 May 2018

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When will Australia's environmental laws have their ball-tampering moment?

Recently I was fortunate to be in Canberra surrounded by an inspiring collective of lawyers, scientists, academics and advocates. We had come together for the Better Laws for a Better Future symposium, to discuss Australia’s environmental laws and, specifically, how to fix them.

By CEO David Morris

19 April 2018

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Lack of transparency in irrigation efficiency programs

An article by Kerry Brewster in the Guardian this week reports on a significant fraud investigation by Queensland's Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) into subsidies granted to a landholder under the Healthy Headwaters Water Use Efficiency Program.

In our EDOs of Australia submission to the Productivity Commission dated 31 October 2017, we raised serious concerns about the lack of transparency surrounding on-farm irrigation efficiency programs - as well as inadequate auditing and monitoring of individual projects funded through these programs.

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NSW land-clearing Code declared invalid

Today the NSW Land & Environment Court ordered that “on and from 24 August 2017, the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code 2017 has been invalid and of no effect.” This extraordinary order stems from a legal error made by the NSW Minister for Primary Industries, but belies a profound problem with the new biodiversity and land clearing laws and management system in NSW

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