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5 Star Plus scheme: greener house to cost $8,000-$15,000 more than ‘normal house’, says WA Liberal MP

Posted by waterweek on 12 October 2007

The application of the Building Sustainability Index was fraught with difficulties about who was to pay for and administer it, said Liberal MP Norman Moore, in the Legislative Council of Western Australia (5/9/2007).

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Posted in Regulation, Water Week Vol 0415 | Leave a Comment »

State and Fed Govt financial-reporting harmonised; AASB looks at more onerous standards for private companies, non-profits

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

The accounting standards-setter has agreed to harmonise Federal and State Government financial reporting and progressed talks with New Zealand to ensure the two countries’ standards were “as similar as possible”, wrote Patrick Durkin in The Australian Financial Review (8/10/2007, p.8). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in australia, Energy, Gas, Regulation, water, Water Week Vol 0414 | Leave a Comment »

Tax-incentive legislation will assist major corporations, take rural land out of agricultural production, says Greens Party MP

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

Christine Milne MP (Greens Party Senator) speaking against proposed tax incentive legislation, stated that the legislation would result in water and land being removed from agricultural production. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in agriculture, australia, Emissions, Energy, NT, Regulation, water, Water Week Vol 0414 | Leave a Comment »

Greens MP Milne criticises Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 6) Bill 2007: insufficiently considered; threat to farming, biodiversity; advantageous to emitters

Posted by waterweek on 11 October 2007

Christine Milne MP (Greens Party, Senator) stated she was appalled that the Selection of Bills Committee had decided not to refer the Tax Laws Amendment (2007 Measures No. 6) Bill 2007 to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport for appropriate consideration. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in agriculture, australia, Emissions, Energy, Plantation forestry, Regulation, water, Water Week Vol 0414 | Leave a Comment »

Howard and Costello throw principles of TPA “out the window” with predatory-pricing amendment

Posted by waterweek on 5 October 2007

The Federal Government was of course a team effort, so while Howard was said to be the brains of the radical change to the [Trade Practices] law, it was actually done under the name of Treasurer Peter Costello who, by definition, deserved equal condemnation, wrote John Durie in The Australian (19/9/2007, p.48). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in australia, Energy, Gas, Regulation, water, Water Week Vol 0414 | Leave a Comment »

Reports that say nothing, in mire of red tape: what happens when govts protect powerful interests and offend no one, says business academic

Posted by waterweek on 4 October 2007

The Nationals have long employed sham committees to protect sacred cows – the classic was Warren Truss’s Mickey Mouse 2004 Wheat Marketing Review committee, established with terms of reference that specifically excluded consideration of the single desk’s future, which delivered an eight-page report saying nothing, wrote Professor Paul Kerin, teacher of strategy at Melbourne Business School, in The Australian (25/9/2007, p.30). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in australia, Energy, Gas, Policy, Regulation, water, Water Week Vol 0413 | Leave a Comment »

Penalty for competing: corporation with “substantial share” of a market could face financial penalty of $10 million or 10 per cent of annual turnover if it supplies goods or services below cost price

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

A corporation with a “substantial share” of a market would now be liable for a financial penalty of $10 million or 10 per cent of its annual turnover (if that is greater), if that corporation supplied goods or services for a sustained period at a below-cost price for a purpose such as substantially damaging a competitor or preventing entry by another person into a market, reported The Australian Financial Review, (28/09/2007, p.79), quoting Peter Armitage, Practice head, competition and consumer protection, Blake Dawson Waldron, Sydney, NSW.

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Posted in nsw, Regulation, Water Week Vol 0413 | Leave a Comment »

Sunwater changes rules: Paradise Dam, Queensland Bundaberg water users may top up with temporary transfer from Kolan

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

SunWater was now able to allow the Temporary Transfer of water from the Kolan Subscheme to the Burnett Subscheme subject to any operational constraints of the channel system. SunWater was advised by the Department of Natural Resources and Water, that Stage One of the Critical Water Supply Arrangements (CWSA) for the Bundaberg WSS were updated. SunWater Corporate Strategy Manager Tom Vanderbyl said under the updated arrangements, new Burnett Water High Priority and Medium Priority water allocations committed up to and including June 30, 2007 were to be included in the water sharing rules. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in agriculture, Allocations, australia, Dams, qld, Regulation, Water Week Vol 0413 | Leave a Comment »

New policy-plan: NSW towns to purchase water on the open market in deal to go level 4 to level 3a, others must plan to truck water, open channels banned

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

The NSW Department of Water and Energy, said sufficient water will be provided to all towns to meet demands under Level 4 restrictions. Level 4 restrictions would continue until allocations of at least 20 per cent for high security licences were announced.MBDC flows

New idea: An option was currently being considered that would allow towns to purchase water on the open market if they wish to ease the level of restrictions from level 4 to level 3a. This would be on the basis that towns acquire 20 per cent of the volume to meet level 4 restrictions for that month. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in agriculture, Allocations, australia, Drought, Emergency, Evaporation, Irrigation, Murray Darling Basin, New ideas, nsw, Policy, Regulation, Town Water, Trade, Water Markets, Water Trade | Leave a Comment »

Badly needed – an independent national level assessment process whereby Aus govt able to declare a project of national significance, says Tas Lib Senator Barnett; will help escape controversies and time lag

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

A formalised, independent, objective assessment process for projects of national significance was needed just in line with the independent, objective assessment process for projects of state significance the states had, said Guy Barnett, Senator for Tasmania, Liberal Party of Australia, Commonwealth Senate, 18 September 2007.

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Posted in Policy, Regulation, Water Week Vol 0413 | Leave a Comment »

Proposed Vic enviro protection regs: large commercial and industrial energy, water users to develop Environment and Resource Efficiency Plan (EREP)

Posted by waterweek on 27 September 2007

Notice was given in accordance with section ii of the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994 of the proposed making of the Environment Protection (Environment, and Resource Efficiency Plans) Regulations 2007, in The Age (21/9/2007, p.17).

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Posted in Regulation, Water Week Vol 0412 | Leave a Comment »

Federal ruling may mean Queensland households lose ownership of the rainwater falling on their roofs

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

Queensland households risked losing control of the rainwater falling on their roofs, reported The Courier Mail, (15/08/2007, p.17). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Domestic, Drought, Policy, qld, Regulation, water, Water Week Vol 0411 | Leave a Comment »

Bell Bay power station in Tas: delivered gas costs estimated at $4.30/GJ; transmission at $1.12/GJ

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

The Bell Bay power station on Tasmania’s north coast commenced operations in 1971 with a 120MW unit and a further 120MW unit was added in 1974, noted ‘Fuel resource, new entry and generation costs in the NEM’, a report by ACIL Tasman for NEMMCO (27/3/2007). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Energy, Gas, Hydro, Regulation, Tasmania, Water Week Vol 0411 | Leave a Comment »

Aus legal duty of confidentiality extends to those who “happen to come across” information

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

In Australia, the law relating to confidential information became well-established over the past 40 years, and it was now settled that a legal duty of confidence was not limited to a person who received information confidentially, reported The Courier Mail (4/9/2007, p.18). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Energy, Gas, Law, Regulation, Security, Utilities, Water Week Vol 0411 | Leave a Comment »

State governments share liability with Commonwealth for post-2014 water compensation: NSW government says change “unacceptable”

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

Clause 255 of the Water Bill 2007 provides that nothing in the Bill or regulations authorises the Commonwealth or any other agency to compulsorily acquire a water access right or an interest in a water access right, according to advice released by the Department of Parliamentary Service on 14 August 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Allocations, Energy, Environmental Flows, Law, nsw, Policy, Regulation, water, Water Markets, Water Trade, Water Week Vol 0411 | Leave a Comment »

Independent management of Murray-Darling Basin in the national interest, said Turnbull

Posted by waterweek on 20 September 2007

The Water Bill 2007 was a quantum leap into the future compared to the current lowest common denominator approach to decision making on water management in the Murray-Darling Basin, said Environment and Water Resources Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Federal Parliament on 14 August. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Allocations, Drought, Environmental Flows, mdb, nsw, Policy, Regulation, SA, Victoria, water, Water Trade, Water Week Vol 0411 | Leave a Comment »