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The latest Part of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal includes articles on the relationship between international law and the Water Act 2007 (Cth) and the Murray-Darling Basin Plan; the role that the High Court has played in resolving disputes regarding the Murray River; the significance of ICM Agriculture Pty Ltd v Commonwealth in the evolution of s 51(xxxi) of the Australian Constitution; the efficacy of legislation intended to prioritise the environment; and the legal framework for water trading in the Murray-Darling Basin.
The August 2012 issue of the Building and Construction Law Journal includes an article by JE Lunn which proposes various methods by which traditional dispute resolution procedures may be modified to improve efficiency; an article by Richard Manly SC considering the benefits that a liquidated damages clause can provide to contracting parties from practical, commercial and economics perspectives; and an article by Thomas Denehy and Paula Gerber which provides a comparative study of dispute avoidance procedures in use around the world to determine what constitutes world’s best practice when it comes to the prevention and management of construction disputes. There is also a Book Review and a Report.
The latest Part of the Local Government Law Journal publishes an article by Peter Williams arguing for consistency of State government policy in the area of property and development rights, and that, irrespective of State government intransigence, effective transferable development rights schemes are possible. It also includes an article by Sarah Withnall Howe which discusses how the multiple heads of local government within WA hinders the monitoring of local government corruption issues. There is also a Digest of Cases and Merits Appeals section.