Interjurisdictional water issues in Australia : Challenges for the future

Fisher, Douglas E. (2012) Interjurisdictional water issues in Australia : Challenges for the future. Precedent, pp. 18-22.

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For more than a hundred years water rights were granted in accordance with the legislation of the states and territories. Until recently, this legislation conferred a relatively unlimited discretion on the relevant regulatory institutions. Over the past 15 years, the Commonwealth has taken a greater interest in how water resources should be managed: first by formulating and funding policies and strategies through COAG, and then by enacting the Water Act 2007. This Act has created a much more prescriptive regime for planning and managing Australia’s water resources while at the same time entrusting its operational implementation to the states and territories. This has the potential to create tensions between the legal regimes of the Commonwealth and those of the states and territories. This article seeks to examine some of these issues.

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ID Code: 60186
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Water Act 2007, water resources, water legislation
ISSN: 1449-7719 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Australian Lawyers Alliance
Deposited On: 23 May 2013 23:58
Last Modified: 27 May 2013 20:17

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