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State of the environment reporting in Western Australia: law, land and beyond

Bailey, J., Harris, T. and Jennings, P.J. (2018) State of the environment reporting in Western Australia: law, land and beyond. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 25 (4). pp. 371-384.

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State of the environment (SoE) reporting has been in place in the majority of Australian jurisdictions since the early 1990s. Over the past decade, the process has stalled in Western Australia (WA) and, at present, shows no sign of reappearing. This is all the more serious since the degraded condition of the state’s environment calls out for regular review, analysis and action. We place this in a wider framework by (a) considering the significance of SoE reporting as a matter of collective responsibility, (b) mapping out a program of necessary legislative reform for WA and (c) outlining the challenges confronting SoE reporting as an act of public communication. Our thesis throughout is that SoE reporting combines ethical, democratic and environmental dimensions, and that the significance of WA’s withdrawal from the process can only be understood in this context.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
School of Engineering and Information Technology
School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd.
Copyright: © 2018 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc.
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