Environment and Indigenous Affairs

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.

September 2017

Energy regulator warns of short and medium-term energy shortfalls – September 2017

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

The Australian Energy Market Operator has cited climate change, and the potential for large fossil fuel generators to fail in the summer heat-wave as the biggest threats to Australia’s electricity supplies in the coming years.

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.

July 2017

Referendum Council recommends only “modest” Indigenous consultation body – July 2017

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

The Referendum Council has recommended that just one key question should be taken to a potential referendum to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a place in Australia’s Constitution.

Indigenous recognition – another issue Australian politics can’t solve – July 2017

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

The Referendum Council’s “modest” (their word) recommendation for an Indigenous advisory body to parliament and nothing else by way of constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Peoples is symptomatic of the current disarray and dysfunction of Australian politics when it comes to big issues.

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.

Government reaffirms commitment to Paris climate change agreement – July 2017

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

The Australian Government has reaffirmed Australia’s strong commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol.

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.

April 2017

Discussion paper released for review of climate change policies – April 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change,

The federal Government has released a discussion paper as part of its review of climate change policies.

March 2017

Government report warns of the potentially irreversible impact of climate change – March 2017

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

A report commissioned by the federal Government warns of the potentially irreversible impact of climate change and the threats of coal mining, invasive species, rubbish, urban growth and habitat destruction.

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.

October 2016

Essential Research – October 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Indigenous Affairs, Politics, Elections, Opinion Polls,

The latest Essential Research weekly poll published Tuesday 18 October showed Labor’s lead on the two-party preferred calculation increasing to 52 to 48 per cent.

Prime Minister sets scene for Australia’s role in international water moves – October 2016

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

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told a high-level UN panel on water that there are vitally important agricultural regions of the world.

September 2016

Government’s Climate Change Authority splits over emissions targets – September 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change,

The Government’s Climate Change Authority split over its latest emissions reduction recommendations, with two members releasing a ‘minority report’ critical of the Authority and calling for Australia to ‘do more.’

Bernardi refuses to back down on Racial Discrimination Act changes – September 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Discrimination, Indigenous Affairs,

South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi says he will not be “dissuaded” from his attempts to rewrite section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

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

COAG moves forward on energy resilience and pricing – August 2016

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

The latest meeting of the COAG Energy Council, composed of Australia’s energy and resources ministers, moved further towards creating a national approach to integrate energy and climate policies.

Second One Nation Queensland senator tackling climate science – August 2016

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

The unexpected winner of a second Queensland Senate seat for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party, Malcolm Roberts, has dismissed speculation that the party was at risk of breaking apart, as the Palmer United Party did.

Senate changes put Racial Discrimination Act changes back on agenda – August 2016

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

Family First senator Bob Day says the prime minister will not be surprised that a new campaign to overhaul the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) has resurfaced in the new parliament because they discussed that prospect when Turnbull became leader of the Liberal party late in 2015.

Indigenous constitutional recognition at risk of stalling – August 2016

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

As planning for a national plebiscite on constitutional recognition seems to be bogged down, a parallel debate has developed on the need for a more concrete treaty with the first Australians.

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