‘Local’ interest test for legal action would threaten wilderness areas
I HAVE been pondering the implications of the Abbott Government removing the legislation that prevents anyone but “local” interests mounting a legal challenge to mining and other development projects ( C-M, Aug 20).
I’m particularly interested in who will be “allowed” to protect other environmentally sensitive areas, particularly ones that are isolated.
In the past these areas have included the Great Barrier Reef, the Franklin River and the Daintree.
They are isolated and don’t have any local residents.
Given the way that Environment Minister Greg Hunt has done his job, I wonder how long it might be before any or all of these areas are put up for development. A TAXPAYER-FUNDED app is now available for time-poor parents to learn how to become more involved with their child’s school performance ( C-M, Aug 21). I suggest parents stop wasting their time looking at apps and instead give all of that spare time to the kids. NOW that royal commissioner Dyson Heydon is being questioned over suggested bias towards the Liberal Party, I hope his answers are not going to be “non-responsive and overly long”.