The most famous and influential environmental law case in Australian history. It was also a landmark in Australian constitutional law.
The first test case under the EPBC Act and landmark public interest litigation to stop the killing of thousands of flying foxes on a lychee farm in North Queensland.
A major test case for environmental impact assessment under the EPBC Act, which established that direct and indirect impacts of an action are relevant when assessing the impacts of actions under the Act.
An important trial and appeal in the Federal Court of Australia to restrain farmers in northern NSW from contravening the EPBC Act by clearing and ploughing 100 ha of a Ramsar Wetland in preparation for planting a wheat crop.
An application for a declaration and an injunction in the Federal Court under the EPBC Act to restrain Japanese whaling in the Australian Whale Sanctuary adjacent to Antarctica.
A challenge to decisions under the EPBC Act involving the consideration of greenhouse gas emissions from two Queensland coal mines, Isaac Plains and Sonoma.
A judicial review challenge in the Federal Court against the consideration under the EPBC Act of greenhouse gas emissions from a large coal mine, the Anvil Hill Project (later renamed the Mangoola Open Cut), in the NSW Hunter Valley.
Judicial review proceedings in the Federal Court undertaken in 2008 by Waratah Coal Inc against a refusal of a $5.3 billion coal mine, railway and port by the Federal Environment Minister.
An application in the Federal Court for a declaration and an injunction to restrain an alleged breach of a condition of approval under the EPBC Act for a large dam in Queensland.
Litigation in the Federal Court of Australia against one of the largest coal mines in the world.
A civil prosecution in the Federal Court of a South Australian farmer for clearing 170 eucalyptus trees, thereby causing a significant impact on a threatened species contrary to section 18 of the EPBC Act.
Litigation for negligence against a NSW local government for approving a residential development on contaminated land.
The Volga Cases concerned the arrest of the Russian-flagged longline fishing vessel, Volga, which was apprehended by the Australian Navy for illegally fishing for Patagonian Toothfish in the Australian Fishing Zone.
A series of cases in the Planning and Environment Court, Magistrates Court, District Court and Court of Appeal involving pre-emptive clearing and a planning appeal for a large residential development near Caloundra in South-East Queensland.
A routine and typical development application and subsequent appeal under Queensland’s planning laws.
An appeal in the Planning and Environment Court under the Integrated Planning Act 1997 (Qld) concerning the impacts of a proposed rural residential subdivision on cassowary habitat.
An appeal in the Planning and Environment Court about a large sand mine adjacent to a Ramsar Wetland.
A case to restrain fruit farmers from electrocuting flying-foxes under Queensland’s nature conservation laws.
A case showing the importance of public interest litigation to protect the environment where government regulators fail to act and the tenacity sometimes required to succeed.
An appeal in the Planning and Environment Court against demolition of two cultural heritage listed buildings at Warwick.
An objection in the Queensland Land and Resources Tribunal against the greenhouse gas emissions from the expansion of the Newlands Coal Mine in Queensland.
An appeal to the Land Court of Queensland by a landholder against refusal of a tree clearing permit under the Land Act 1994 (Qld) for a pastoral property known as “Khyber”.
An objection to a major open-cut coal mine proposed to operate for 30 years in Queensland and produce 1.3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases.
A landmark challenge by local graziers and conservation groups against a large coal mine in central Queensland showing the importance of public objection rights.
Major court disputes in the Land Court and Supreme Court of Queensland involving one of the world’s largest proposed coal mines.
An application for leave to appeal to the Queensland Court of Appeal against a sentence imposed by the District Court of Queensland for illegal logging in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
A prosecution and sentencing of a serious environmental crime in the District Court of Queensland. The facts involved clearing of a large swath of a national park by a grazier to allow ease of movement of his cattle between paddocks.
A summary criminal prosecution in the Magistrates Court of Queensland for fisheries offences resulting in a $30,000 fine.
A criminal prosecution in the NSW Land and Environment Court and an appeal for illegal clearing of native vegetation illustrating important principles for sentencing of environmental offences.
A summary criminal prosecution and sentencing for a relatively minor environmental offence in the NSW Local Court at Ballina. The case also involved a dispute on costs.
A proceeding in the Victorian Supreme Court to restrain logging at Brown Mountain, part of the extensive history of litigation against logging in East Gippsland, Victoria.
One of the first climate change cases in Australia.