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Environmental compliance and enforcement 2013

Glen chaired a seminar organised by Legalwise on 13 June 2013 which addressed some important contemporary environmental compliance and enforcement issues. The topics of the presentations were as follows: Duties of Directors and Senior Management in Environmental Legislation; Ongoing Compliance with Approval Conditions; The Lawyer’s Role in Environmental Incident Response. The presentations were of a high standard and […]

Policy and law – the town planning context

The tension between policy and law is a subject which manifests in many legal areas. In the town planning context, it was recently examined at a Planning Institute of Australia seminar on 26 June. Glen spoke on the subject Planning Policy and the Law (see his powerpoint presentation here). Melanie Debenham presented on the challenges of reconciling policy […]

Change inevitable for the waste sector

Change is inevitable in the waste sector.[1] I can say this confidently on the basis of history. I was reflecting on this in preparing these remarks. As is often the case it is one’s own experience that is the best starting point. In my own case, after being admitted to practice as a lawyer, my first […]

Contaminated sites – liability and management

Glen Chaired a half day Contaminated Sites Seminar for Legalwise seminars [1] on 27 November 2012. Although the event was primarily a continuing professional development event for the legal profession, it was pleasing that a number of environmental consultants and others also attended. The programme steered a middle path between the standard presentational mode and an […]

Strategic planning and approvals for waste services

Strategic Planning and Approvals was the title of an address Glen gave jointly with Charles Johnson, the Principal of the consultancy Planning Context, on 27 November 2012, at a half day Legalwise seminar entitled Waste Management Compliance and Legal Issues[1]  The full presentation can be found in ‘Articles & Speeches’ or here. [1]www.legalwiseseminars.com

Planning Institute of Australia (WA) paper

Last Thursday, the 15th of November, Glen lead a professional development interactive session at the Planning Institute of Australia (WA). The paper he delivered was titled ‘Town planning law and property rights in Western Australia’ and can be found here.

Hydraulic fracturing in Australia

Short Paper to which Glen spoke in a panel session at the International Bar Association (IBA) Conference in Dublin, October 2012. Glen serves as Senior Vice Chair of the Environmental Health and Safety Committee of the IBA. A discussion on unconventional hydrocarbons in Australia should centre on Coal Seam Gas (CSG) and Shale Gas for at […]

Buffers, setbacks and development

I was pleased to be invited to deliver a short speech on this subject this morning, at a breakfast organised by the WA branch of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA). The rest of this post is the text of the speech and the accompanying slides. I only had ten minutes to cover a […]

Tobacco packing, property rights and the environment

On 17-19 April this year the High Court heard challenges by several tobacco companies to the validity of the Commonwealth’s tobacco packaging legislation, the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 (Cth) (Act).  The tobacco companies sought to rely upon a requirement in Section 51 (xxxi) of the constitution to the effect that the power of the Federal Parliament […]

Development Assessment Panels – the unintended consequences

The idea that development decisions should not be linked to the vagaries of local government decision-making has some appeal. Anyone who has had experience of the risk and frustration which can attend planning decision-making by local governments is likely to consider an alternative with a benign eye. The development assessment panel (DAP) system provided for […]