Water Act 2007 (Cth)
This Issue of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal includes the following articles: “The Murray-Darling Basin in Court: Administering Water Policy in the Eastern States of Australia – Administrative and Other Challenges” – Justice Nicola Pain and Georgia Pick; “Landowners’ Appeal of Seawalls Refusal Unsuccessful” – John R Corkill; “Higher and Distinctive Standards for Urban River Protection? Special Purpose “River Laws” and Land-use Planning” – Bruce Lindsay; “Take Care or Beware: Victoria’s New Environmental Protection Regime” – Alice Maxwell; “Serial Environmental Offenders: Putting Penalties into Practice” – Kierra Parker; “Planning vs Planning Law: Reconciling Planning Policy and Case Law in the Victorian Planning System” – Stephen Rowley; and “Climate Change Risk and the Urban Landscape” – Sophie Tepper.
This Special Issue of the Environmental and Planning Law Journal focuses on Rethinking Australian Water Law and Governance, with an Introduction by Guest Editor, Associate Professor Cameron Holley, and Darren Sinclair. This Part features the following articles: “National Water Initiative styled water entitlements as property: Legal and practical perspectives” – Janice Gray and Louise Lee; “Governing water markets: Achievements, limitations and the need for regulatory reform” – Cameron Holley and Darren Sinclair; “Public participation, litigation and adjudicative procedure in water resources management” – Bruce Lindsay; “Reimagining water buybacks in Australia: Non-governmental organisations, complementary initiatives and private capital” – Katherine Owens; “Broadening regulatory concepts and responses to cumulative impacts: Considering the trajectory and future of groundwater law and policy” – Rebecca Nelson; “Water law reform in the face of climate change: Learning from drought in Australia and the western United States” – Barbara Cosens; “Creating the next generation of water governance” – Paul Martin;and “Australia, wet or dry, north or south: Addressing environmental impacts and the exclusion of Aboriginal peoples in northern water development” – Lily O’Neill, Lee Godden, Elizabeth Macpherson and Erin O’Donnell.
Dr Ted Christie outlines an alternative solution to dealing with water rights and protecting the Murray-Darling Basin river system.
The comments are based on an article published in The Queensland Lawyer in June 2011.
By Paul Kildea and George Williams* This comment was published in the Public Law Review at (2011) 22 PLR 9. The Water Act 2007 (Cth) is the most extensive Commonwealth intervention into water resource management in Australia since Federation. The Act brought the Murray-Darling Basin1 under Commonwealth management in order to remedy a longstanding over-allocation ...more