Precaution v Precaution

Richard RobinsonDue Diligence

One of the more interesting philosophical issues to emerge in the early 21st century is the relationship, as determined by our courts, between the precautionary principle as implemented in environmental legislation, and the precautionary approach as articulated in the harmonised Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation.

Mixed Messages from Governments on Poles and Wires

Richard RobinsonDue Diligence

According to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), unexpected events that lead to substantial overspend by owners of poles and wires is capped to 30 per cent. The rest can be transferred through to the consumer. That is, it does not have to be budgeted for.

Sustainability Due Diligence

Richard RobinsonDue Diligence

Australian parliaments – supported by decisions of the High Court – have been encouraging the adoption of due diligence as a general concept to be applied throughout Australian society.

Precautionary Principle vs Precautionary Approach: What’s the Difference?

Richard RobinsonEducation

One of the more interesting philosophical issues arising from the introduction of the model WHS legislation is the question of whether the precautionary principle incorporated in environmental legislation is congruent with the precautionary approach of the model WHS legislation. The precautionary principle is typically articulated as: If there are threats of serious or irreversible environmental damage, lack of full scientific … Read More

Risk vs Due Diligence: Why a Finnish community lobbied for a backyard reactor

Gaye FrancisDue Diligence

I was recently part of a panel discussion on electrical energy security and the role of nuclear energy in Australia for the Electrical Energy Society of Australia. The panel consisted of five industry experts covering topics on energy security, nuclear energy, and risk and policy determination. A question and answer session followed the presentations. The opening address was by Senator … Read More