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Understorey: Yeelirrie and the Supreme Court Challenge

Wednesday 27th February / presented by Elizabeth PO’ Adrian Glamorgan

Next Tuesday the Supreme Court of Western Australia (March 5) hears a crucial issue concerning the right of an Environment Minister to sanction the extinction of a species.  It's a complex legal issue, though, not argued on the intrinsic value of the species, or matters of biodiversity, but a legal  technicality.  That's the way all legal appeals funded by the community on environmental issues must work, until our state Labor government introduces an evidenced-based environment court.

At a recent public forum, speakers from the Conservation Council of WA, the Environmental Defenders' Office, and the Australian Conservation Foundation wrestled with Yeelirrie's legal concerns, finding at least three issues:  the limitations of the existing environmental protection laws; the issues of extinction they raise; and the role of the minister’s personal discretion in the environmental law process.  At stake is the fate of stygofauna near a proposed uranium mine; the role of science in decisions affecting the environment, and the workings of our own democracy.

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In ecology, the understorey grows where light shines through the forest canopy.

Our award-winning Understorey journalists highlight local and globally-connected environmental issues that the other media commonly pass over.

RTRFM’s long-running dedicated environment program makers Adrian Glamorgan and Elizabeth PO’ bring together stories from near and sometimes afar, whether it be conservationists rehabilitating habitat, citizen scientists gathering data, campaigners at the frontline, or decision-makers at their desks, seeking solutions together to the challenges affecting our shared air, water, land and life processes.


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