Environment and Indigenous Affairs
The Productivity Commission has released a draft report on its inquiry into national water reform and invited public comment by October 19.
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.
The Government has introduced legislation in federal Parliament to help improve Australia’s air quality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has announced plans to amend the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act to allow investment in carbon capture and storage (CCS).
The federal Government has released the Low Emissions Technology Roadmap that was commissioned last year from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
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.
The Australian Government has reaffirmed Australia’s strong commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol.
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.
The federal Government has released a discussion paper as part of its review of climate change policies.
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.
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.
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.
Australia has ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change.
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.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced additional funding of $440 million to start key water projects across Australia.
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 Malcolm Turnbull has told a high-level UN panel on water that there are vitally important agricultural regions of the world.
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.’
South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi says he will not be “dissuaded” from his attempts to rewrite section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.