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John Hodgkinson

Posted May 02, 2018 Court Finds Compulsory Acquisition Invalid: “…State does not have open slather.”
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Governments need land to build utilities and social infrastructure.  And international treaties prevent them arbitrarily depriving citizens of their property.   In Australia, there are statutory frameworks outlining the process by which government agencies can acquire privately-owned land. Those frameworks require government agencies to make genuine attempts to procure landowner agreement to a voluntary sale.  If […]

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Posted Apr 24, 2018 Liquidators Can Disclaim Environmental Costs
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Insolvency practitioners, employees with outstanding entitlements, the tax office and trade creditors will take some cheer from the result in the latest battle between Linc Energy Limited and the Queensland environmental regulator. The company operated a demonstration underground coal gasification project. It had a mineral development licence, a petroleum facility licence and environmental authorities in respect […]

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