EDO Qld solicitors are currently in the Supreme Court representing two community clients - Lock The Gate and Oakey Coal Action Alliance - for cases relating to the Blair Athol and New Acland Stage 3 coal mines. This year we are also committed to holding the state government to account on election promises, especially putting an end to broad scale tree clearing.
In and out of the courts, EDO Qld had major wins for communities and the environment this year. As 2017 comes to an end we reflect on the year that was - and how we plan to use the law to protect the environment on behalf of communities in 2018.
About 1600 supporters signed our recent petition calling on ALL political parties to back 7 key reforms for communities and our environment. Here we share some of the insightful comments made by those who signed it.
On behalf of client Lock the Gate, EDO Qld filed an application in Qld’s Supreme Court for the Queensland Government to release reasons for setting the financial assurance amount required of smaller miner Orion after it bought Blair Athol coal mine from Rio Tinto for $1.
In the news: It would be historically inconsistent for the state government to reject the Land Court’s recommendation that it refuse the expansion of the New Acland coal mine, according to statistics from the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) Queensland, reports Lawyer's Weekly.
Mining industry spending on lobbying has cost taxpayers at least $157.2 million over the decade, yet they are asking to revoke the tax deductibility status of environmental NGOs, according to a new report by The Australia Institute.