Public participation and the Adani Syndrome

McNamara, Noeleen and Crane, William (2018) Public participation and the Adani Syndrome. Environmental and Planning Law Journal, 35 (3). pp. 320-330. ISSN 0813-300X


The ability of members of the public to participate in environmental decision-making is regarded as a key component of achieving ecologically sustainable development. Indeed, public participation principles are now incorporated into Commonwealth and State resource development legislation. In recent years, specific projects (particularly coal projects) have been targeted by very well- organised and funded groups, resulting in delays or abandonment of projects, long after Commonwealth and State approvals have been obtained. The Adani Carmichael mine in Queensland is but one case in point. This article argues that, while there is a valid role for members of the public to be consulted and make submissions to the regulators or courts, the public have adequate opportunities to participate by appealing the regulators’ decisions in the State court system rather than the current duplication of appeals in both State and federal courts.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 02:27
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2018 04:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: public participation; mining; Carmichael mine; environmental law; appeal rights
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960799 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified

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