Environment

October 2017

PC draft report on water reforms says progress needs to continue – October 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

The Productivity Commission has released a draft report on its inquiry into national water reform and invited public comment by October 19.

August 2017

Australia to regulate outboard and other unregulated petrol engine emissions – August 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

The Government has introduced legislation in federal Parliament to help improve Australia’s air quality.

June 2017

Review of tax deductible gift arrangements could hit environmental groups – June 2017

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Politics,

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has released a discussion paper outlining a number of proposals aimed at strengthening governance arrangements for deductible gift recipient (DGR) organisations.

New implementation plan for Murray Darling Basin – June 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has endorsed a plan agreed by Murray Darling Basin water ministers, outlining how the Basin Plan will be implemented.

The battle for a workable energy policy – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

Ahead of the much anticipated presentation of Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s final report on the national energy market to the COAG meeting in Hobart, there were signs that the major political parties were moving towards a possible breakthrough.

Two Government bodies back Low Emissions Target as second best option – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

Ahead of the final Finkel Report on the energy industry a new report says that wholesale electricity prices are above long-run costs because of policy uncertainty triggered by protracted political in-fighting about carbon pricing.

Government plans to allow ‘Green Bank’ to invest in coal CCS – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has announced plans to amend the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act to allow investment in carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Government publishes CSIRO Low Emissions Technology Roadmap – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

The federal Government has released the Low Emissions Technology Roadmap that was commissioned last year from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Government confirms opposition to EIS ahead of final Finkel energy report – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has again ruled out introducing an emissions intensity scheme (EIS), saying it would threaten the stability of the electricity sector.

May 2017

Government says renewable energy target ‘within sight’ – May 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Trade and industry, Energy,

A report released by the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) detailing Australia’s progress towards its 2020 renewable energy target reveals record high investment in renewables in 2016.

February 2017

Senate inquiry into APVMA move to Armidale – February 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Politics, Opinion Polls, Trade and industry,

The Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee will hold an inquiry into the operation, effectiveness and consequences of relocating corporate Commonwealth entities, as well as the economic, environmental and capability implications.

December 2016

Fourth Emissions auction sets carbon abatement at $10.69 a tonne – December 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Trade and industry, Energy,

After the Government’s fourth Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) auction the Clean Energy Regulator has awarded 47 contracts for 34.4 million tonnes of abatement at an average price per tonne of $10.69.

November 2016

Australia ratifies Paris climate change agreement – November 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Australia has ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Greens attack over Joyce’s responsibility for water policy – November 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

The Australian Greens have attacked the Government’s plan to have a multi-million water conservation project placed in the hands of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who is Minister for Agriculture and Water.

Government funding for water projects – November 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Trade and industry, Infrastructure,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced additional funding of $440 million to start key water projects across Australia.

September 2016

Consultation on foreign ownership of water rights – September 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade and industry,

The Government has released for consultation draft amendments to the Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Act which will establish a register of foreign ownership of water entitlements.

August 2016

New Science Minister reverses CSIORO climate cuts – August 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Research, Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment,

The Coalition Government has directed the CSIRO to re-direct its focus back to climate science.

July 2016

Cities’ renewable energy funding proposed – July 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Elections,

The Coalition says it will invest up to $100 million a year in renewable energy and energy efficient technologies in cities, if re-elected.

June 2016

Labor sets 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030 – June 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics, Elections,

A Labor government’s policies on renewable energy will reverse “the three years of destruction wrought by the Abbott-Turnbull Government on this growth industry which employs 20,000 Australians,” says Labor leader Bill Shorten.

February 2016

Inquiry into carbon risk disclosure – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate, Climate Change, Environment,

In the wake of the Paris climate agreement, the Senate is to inquire into carbon risk disclosure in Australia – an initiative of the Australian Greens.

December 2015

Greens welcome Paris agreement, but say ‘more needs to be done’ – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Climate Change, Environment,

The Australian Greens welcomed the announcement by world leaders at the Paris Climate Change Summit of a framework agreement to tackle global warming.

New opportunities for emission reduction payments – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Climate Change, Environment,

In the lead-up to the second Emissions Reduction Fund auction, the Government announced plans to develop new methodologies to create additional opportunities to participate in future auctions.

November 2015

Water powers settled in Joyce’s favour – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Environment,

Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce has declared that he is firmly in control of water policy now that it has been transferred to his portfolio from Environment.

Turnbull says Australia could have role in nuclear fuel cycle – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Energy, Industry Policy, Environment,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australia should consider entering the nuclear industry.

October 2015

Government approves Adani coal mine second time – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Energy, Infrastructure, Mining, Environment,

Second time around, the Federal Government has approved the development of Australia’s largest coal mine.

Coalition dispute over control of water policy – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Environment,

The movement of water policy from the Environment portfolio to that of Agriculture and Water Resources is reported to have caused tensions within the Coalition.

September 2015

Changes to Administrative Arrangements under new Government – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Environment,

The Attorney-General’s portfolio is the biggest loser in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s shakeup of the Government.

Senate passes cap on water buybacks – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Agriculture, Environment,

Federal Parliament has passed legislation that will cap the Federal Government’s water buybacks at 1,500 gigalitres, to protect the social and economic fabric of Murray Darling Basin communities.

August 2015

New offset guidelines – August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Environment,

The federal Environment Department has released a draft policy statement providing guidance on the use of advanced offsets under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

New draft guidelines for Indigenous consultation – August 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Mining, Environment, Indigenous Affairs,

The Environment Department has published a draft set of guidelines which aims to improve how proponents engage and consult Indigenous people during the environmental assessment process.

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