About the project
Environment Justice Australia selected three case studies to investigate the broad applicability of environmental justice in Australia: residents impacted by the Tullamarine toxic waste dump, Indigenous Nations and their involvement in the formulation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and those living in rural areas trying to participate in land-use management decisions. Interviews were conducted with members of these case study communities regarding inequitable environmental impacts felt by them and their attempts to participate in the decision-making processes that resulted in those impacts.
Outcome of the project
The research shows that despite these communities being offered, and participating in, consultation by government authorities as required by law, in no instance did people feel that they meaningfully influenced the outcome of the processes in which they had an interest. The subsequent report made recommendations for changes.