This Special Issue of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal includes the following articles: “Urgent Need to Use and Reform Critical Habitat Listing in Australian Legislation in Response to the Extensive 2019–2020 Bushfires” – James A Fitzsimons; “A Case Study of Incentive Regulation in Electricity Transmission Networks for the Uptake of Renewable Energy: Build It and They Will Come” – Simon Anderson; “”If We Don’t Mine Coal, Someone Else Will”: Debunking the “Market Substitution Assumption” in Queensland Climate Change Litigation” – Justine Bell-James and Briana Collins; “Environmental Class Actions in Australia: A Coming Storm?” – Corey Byrne; “Climate-induced Displacement: Protection under the Current International Legal Frameworks” – Ishrat Jahan; “Reconsidering the Species-specific Approach: Insects and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act” – Sophie Lloyd; “Muddied Waters: Revealing Methodological Confusion in Australia’s Environmental Impact Assessment Process” – Maya Suzuki; and “Essay Topic: A New Era for a Higher Level of Public Participation in the Administration of Environmental Law and Justice in the People’s Republic of China” – Xu (John) Zhang. This issue also includes an Editorial: “Why Australia (Desperately) Needs a New National Sustainability Strategy” – Dr Gerry Bates.
This Part of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal includes the following articles: “Canary in the coal mine: Why the approval conditions for the Carmichael Mine reveal the need to amend the EPBC Act to incorporate adaptive management principles” – Christian Slattery; “Reforms required to the Australian tax system to improve biodiversity conservation on private land” – Fiona Smith, Kate Smillie, James Fitzsimons, Bruce Lindsay, Gary Wells, Victoria Marles, Jane Hutchinson, Ben O’Hara, Tom Perrigo and Ian Atkinson; “Threatened species, endangered justice: How additional maximum penalties for harming threatened species have failed in practice” – Andrew Burke; “The duty to report pollution incidents and regulator image in New South Wales pollution law” – Sarah Wright; “Restorative justice intervention in an environmental and planning law context: Applicability to civil enforcement proceedings” – Mark Hamilton; “Tuna ranching and Australia’s obligations for the conservation and sustainable use of Southern Bluefin Tuna” – Katharine Huxley.
The last Part for Volume 19 of the Local Government Law Journal publishes an article by Hanna Jaireth and Madeleine Figg which sketches the context for the enactment of the EPBC Act and explains that intergovernmental arrangements have been contentious since its passage, outlining the nature and purpose of bilateral assessment and approval agreements, stakeholders’ responses to the Australian Government’s One-Stop-Shop policy, and recent reviews of the Act. Also in this Part is a Digest of Cases and a Local Government and Planning Law Guide Cases section.
The first part of Volume 31 of the EPLJ includes the following articles: “How do environmental conservation laws interact with environmental aspects of water laws?” – Michael Bennett and Alex Gardner; “Biodiversity offsets: Practice and promise” – Martin Fallding; “Legal frameworks for unique ecosystems – how can the EPBC Act offsets policy address the impact of development on seagrass?” – Justine Bell, Megan I Saunders, Catherine E Lovelock and Hugh P Possingham; “Participation from the deep freeze: “Chilling” by SLAPP suits” – Judith A Preston; and “The disappearance of ecologically sustainable development within Australia’s mining law framework” – Stephanie Venuti.