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The Vibrant Life of Indigenous Relics

NAIDOC WEEK 2021 Kellehers Australia always yearns for the significance of Aboriginal cultural heritage to go beyond archaeological relics and include Indigenous stories, songs and dances.  The heritage of a living culture deeply rooted in oral traditions from antiquity, lives […]

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EPA MUST ACT ON CLIMATE CHANGE – TEST CASE ALERT

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) must address climate change!  Who would have thought a Court judgment was needed to settle that? This morning, in an interview on Radio National with Fran Kelly, the NSW Minister for Energy and Environment stated […]

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Access Ways Optimise Land Value

Introduction Cars need to park, deliver and get access to land. With main roads increasingly congested, the existence of alternative access can be a core feature of land value. Without adequate access, land potential is highly restricted. Conversely, secured effective […]

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Victoria’s Rates Cap – Effectively Gone

Last night, the Victorian Supreme Court, after two years of deliberation and in 87 pages of reasons, delivered a Judgement of profound significance to all Victorian ratepayers and municipal councils. The Judgement finds that a ‘work around’ to the rates […]

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Protecting Native Grasses

“Native grasses have got to watch their backs…”[1] From ‘Native Grasses’: a poem by Jeanine Leane This Newsflash delves a little further into protections for native grasses. Native Grass Restoration Project The Tasmanian Midlands is an ecologically distinctive and significant […]

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Lawyers and Voice

Our NAIDOC Week series last week received a great response. Many loved Jeanine Leane’s Native Grasses poem. Lawyers spoke honestly of the richness of their pro bono ‘test’ case experiences, with Noel Magee summing it up: ‘It was the right […]

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The Indelible Onus & Frankland

NAIDOC WEEK 2021 In September this year, it is the 40th anniversary of the hugely significant case of Onus v Alcoa[1]. Well before Mabo[2] & Wik[3], two young women bravely stepped up to ‘Heal Country!’. The Country was at Portland. […]

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To Stand for Country

NAIDOC WEEK 2021 Today we focus on an Aboriginal man who represented himself before the High Court of Australia, speaking in his Indigenous language to the Court[1]. Buzzacott v Tait was part of criminal action against Arabunna Elder, Kevin Buzzacott, […]

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Valuing Traditional Landscape

Valuing Traditional Landscape NAIDOC WEEK 2021 The People whose voice we recall today are the Tarkine, the traditional owners of the Sandy Cape region on the Tasmanian west coast. Their representative gave voice to protect Country known as the ‘Western […]

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HEAL COUNTRY!

To celebrate NAIDOC 2021 Kellehers again will do its daily NewsFlash[1]. This year’s theme – ‘Heal Country!’ – is a perfect fit with our environmental planning law specialist practice. Each day we will look at caselaw about particular Country. We […]

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