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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 […]

Consultancy featured in WA business news

Glen was featured in the 5-11 July issue of WA Business News. The article referred to the recent growth of some of Perth’s larger and well known legal and accounting firms. It made specific mention of Glen’s move against this trend to meet the market need for “the boutique niche operator, who can enhance the capacity […]

Address to Planning Institute of Australia

I was pleased to be the speaker and discussion leader at this Planning Institute of Australia WA (PIA) event, hosted and sponsored by Squire Sanders. The notes I used to lead the discussion can be found here. An article entitled Climate Change Law and the Real World , which I co-authored, with Professor Peter Newman is referenced in […]