The Precautionary Principle in Australian law

The Precautionary Principle is an evolving concept: first arising in German law, migrating to international environmental declarations, and then becoming part of national legislative interventions for the purposes of environmental protection. Australia enthusiastically adopted the term ‘precautionary principle’ in legislation in the 1990’s, but it missed a significant point – it’s a guideline in...

Native Forest Logging (Victoria) and Auditable Legislation

This ABC article about allegedly illegal logging in Victorian native forests highlighted the surprising reliance on low-resolution diagrams to define and administer logging activities in State forests in Victoria. In this case, it is a State-government controlled organisation which is largely trusted to self-regulate its own economic activities.   The issues raised in the ABC...

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