Wading in: environmental governance and Queensland's Clean Waters Act 1971

Turton, David (2010) Wading in: environmental governance and Queensland's Clean Waters Act 1971. James Cook University Law Review, 17. pp. 46-82.

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Queensland's environmental regulatory agencies during the Premiership of Joh Bjelke-Petersen remain neglected by scholars, despite much literature on the State's high profile conservation conflicts in this era, such as Fraser Island. This article investigates the administration of the Clean Waters Act 1971 (Qld) by the Water Quality Council from 1970 to 1987. Using the Act as a case study, it seeks to examine different types of environmental governance factors and their impact on the effectiveness of legislation. It concludes that regulatory capture of individual Council members, resourcing constraints, ministerial interference, inspectorate discretion, a narrow conception of enforcement strategies, and limited public participation all conspired to reduce the effectiveness of both the Act and Council. While acknowledging the historical nature of the legislation, it is suggested that these problems remain causes for concern in maintaining robust environmental governance in the present.

Item ID: 39144
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1321-1072
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 04:22
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 33%
18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law @ 34%
18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society @ 33%
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