Barbara Norman, University of Canberra  Representatives of Australian coastal communities have gathered this week to discuss the major challenges they face. Delegates at the conference in Rockingham, Western Australia, represent 40 councils around Australia, some falling within the 24 federal electorates held by a margin of 5% or less. In contrast to the federal budget, climate change is at

In a press release dated 3 June 2015, Lisa Neville MP Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water announced that the Labour Government would fulfil their election commitment to integrate the coastal and marine environments. That announcement also included the appointment of an expert panel to progress the legislation, with Associate Professor Geoff Wescott of Deakin University chair o