Federal public inquiries and environmental assessment

Benjamin J. Richardson, Ben W. Boer

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This article examines the role of public inquiries in environmental assessment. It provides an overview of federal inquiry practice, but emphasises inquiries under the Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act 1974 (Cth) (EPIP Act), including the recent Commission of Inquiry into the Shoalwater Bay Area. The article examines a number of weaknesses in the current inquiry system, analyses why there have been so few inquiries under the EPIP Act, and proposes ways to enhance their potential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-103
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Journal of Environmental Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes


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