EDO NSW Blog posts


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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Fiji fisheries forum and Serua island visit

Last month, International Programs Manager BeomJin (BJ) Kim and CEO David Morris visited Fiji to attend the Fisheries Forum run by EDO NSW’s partner, the Fiji Environmental Law Association (FELA).

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World Wetlands Day 2018

Do we really want to take more water away from two of our iconic, internationally significant wetlands?


2 February 2018


Macquarie Marshes - photo Bev Smiles.

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EDO NSW: Snapshots 2017

As the end of 2017 hurtles towards us, it’s a great time for me to reflect a little on my first months as CEO and to provide you with a snapshot of just some of the critical legal work undertaken by the sensational EDO NSW team during the year.

David Morris

By David Morris, Chief Executive Officer, EDO NSW

20 December 2017

In October I took over as CEO from the wonderful Sue Higginson. I’d like to pay tribute to Sue and the rare and outstanding contribution she’s made, not only to EDO NSW, but to public interest environmental law in Australia and to the environment generally. 

I also want to thank sincerely Wendy Bowman. Wendy is one of EDO NSW’s true champions and in 2017 was the deserving recipient of one of the world’s most prestigious environmental awards, the Goldman Environmental Prize. The prize recognised Wendy’s outstanding work opposing coal developments in the Hunter Valley. Winners of the Goldman award receive a substantial sum of money and, in an act of incredible generosity, Wendy has dedicated a large portion of the winnings to EDO NSW. It is humbling to receive and a testament to how significant Wendy sees our work. 

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Landmark deep seabed mining case in PNG

The Centre for Environmental Law & Community Rights (CELCOR) in Papua New Guinea, our partner through the EDO NSW International Program, has filed legal proceedings against the PNG Government to obtain key documents relating to the Solwara 1 deep sea mining project.

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