Thursday, January 20, 2005

What can we learn from overseas about regulation and its role?
eg from The prominent"Death of environmentalism' debate see Shellenberger as in Grist magazine

Among The lessons? Short term gain long term pain . Win one court case but lose the people. That's whats happening politically .

Real progress is not made by quick fix media methods but by supporting the positives and the negatives --supporting professionals first .

Enviro fanatics in govt need to put their feet back on the ground before they make another move either to woe or to win approval out in the bush.

More importantly, the feds can spend a billion on environment but nothing will work long term if there are no production ecologists trained who know what they are talking about and what onground dogood really means.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Vegetation management in Queensland – a Case of Constitutional Vandalism
More in IPA review

Suri Ratnapala, Professor of Law and Director, Centre for Public, International and Comparative Law, T C Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland
The guilt of a person accused of a vegetation clearing offence under the VMA is determined not by a court but by an official. (The judicial trials mandated by Division 3 have no application to vegetation clearing offences under the VMA). If an authorised officer issues a compliance notice, a failure to comply without a reasonable excuse results in an automatic penalty. (Maximum of 1665 penalty units or $ 116,550 - s.55) The innocuous term ‘compliance notice’ masks what is actually a straightforward conviction and sentence without trial.
The legislation I examine is Queensland’s Vegetation Management Act 1999 (VMA)