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Defining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – owned businesses

Aboriginal Business instead of collecting to urgently needed statistics that most western democracies have collected for decades, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has finally produced a paper – it examines what ‘Aboriginal’ means. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for […]

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Global Oceans and the High Seas

Management of global oceans and the high seas constitutes a significant and developing area of environmental concern. Global oceans make up half of the world’s surface. They represent an abundant and large resource for sea-bed mining, fish-stocks, biodiversity and energy. […]

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Planning For Social Impacts

With the introduction of Planning and Environment Amendment (General) Act 2013 (No.3 of 2013) (‘the P&E Amendment’), which commenced 28 October 2013, uncertainty as to whether “significant social effects and economic effects” must be considered in planning permit applications has […]

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Seeking Surrogacy Arrangements

Publicly advertising a willingness to enter into a surrogacy arrangement is prohibited in Victoria. However many Victorian assisted reproduction practitioners argue that there is a strong need for better education and information on the surrogacy process. Many feel that prohibition […]

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Asbestos – Contamination Due Diligence

Asbestos is the name given to a group of fibrous silicate minerals and derivative materials[1] which, prior to 1987, were used widely in building materials. Some materials containing asbestos, while in an undisturbed condition, are unlikely to pose a health […]

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Robert Hill Speech – Global Oceans Governance and the High Seas

This article has been provided by The Hon Robert Hill AO, and is the original presentation at Australian Law Council 3rd Future of Environmental Law Symposium in Sydney, Friday 8 November 2013. Global Oceans Governance and the High Seas The […]

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Ethics & Environmental Law – Challenging Professional Boundaries

A number of the Kellehers Australia team presented a question paper titled Ethics & Environmental Law – Challenging Professional Boundaries at the fourth annual Australian & New Zealand Legal Ethics Colloquium on Thursday 28th November, hosted by Flinders University, Adelaide. The paper explores the […]

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The Legal Implications of Direct Geothermal Energy

The increasing interest in direct geothermal energy systems in Victoria creates intriguing questions relating to property rights and regulation of the technology. A recent presentation by Professor Ian W Johnston, at the John Jaeger Award Seminar, triggered exploration of such […]

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Alternative Dispute Resolution a lost gem for small business

Australian Governments have historically been proactive in taking measures to enhance alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the local and international commercial landscape. However the Abbott Government’s recent move to incorporate the functions exercised by the National Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory […]

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Planning for bushfire risk in Victoria

The Victorian landscape has always had a strong relationship with bushfires.[1] From fire, spring forth new life, plants and ecology, a fact well understood by Indigenous Australians whose land management practices used fire for millennia.[2] Following the tragic 2009 Black […]

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