DEA - Doctors for the environment
  • Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry

    DEA Hazelwood Mine Fire Submission - May 2014. The Hazelwood Coal Mine Fires of 2014 have heightened public awareness and concern in relation to the adverse health implications from our coal industries. This fire was unique in its extent and durations however authorities should acknowledge and address the inadequate monitoring and health research concerning exposure of Latrobe Valley residents to coal pollutants over the past decades. Furthermore it is not in the interests of Victoria to continue with coal developments in view of their serious health effects locally and globally and the economic need to enter the worldwide transition to renewable energies. From a public health or public financing perspective coal is not a cheap energy source, with communities and tax payers paying dearly once the health and environmental impacts are adequately considered.

  • Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiry Northern Territory Submission

    DEA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Terms of Reference of this inquiry. Our position is based solely on our duty to examine the evidence and speak out to benefit the present and future health of our patients, the community. While this inquiry is solely related to hydraulic fracturing which is used in the extraction of unconventional gas deposits, there are other environmental and health concerns with unconventional gas that are not addressed in the terms of reference for this inquiry.

  • Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2014

    We contend that delegating environmental approval powers to state and territory governments carries significant potential to compromise human health.  We will present evidence that State and Territory health assessments as part of the EIS process are already flawed on many occasions and further delegation of powers is unwise.

  • Victorian Inquiry into the Impact of the Carbon Tax on Health Services Submission

    DEA asks governments to consider the public health impacts and health costs for present and future generations of our energy policies. This is particularly relevant at a time when both State and Federal Governments are making key energy decisions and creating policy settings that will determine our energy sources and efficiencies for the future. DEA, and members individually, have been actively involved in working towards the improvement of the environmental footprint of our health care for sometime. DEA made an extensive submission ʻSustainable Hospitals – response to the Victorian Government Green Paper in 2009 and has presented and written on this subject through many forums, including professional medical conferences, hospital meetings and peer reviewed journals.....

  • Senate Inquiry into Public Transport Submission

    It is important to be mindful of the fact that our health, physical and mental, is dependent on our environment. There are many and various pathways by which environmental change can and does impact human health in both the short and long term. This includes how we design our built environment, generate energy, organise health services and transport infrastructure; there is also a strong interrelationship between all of these systems.  In particular, urban transport infrastructure and consequently the modes of transport we use, have a range of both direct and indirect health impacts. 

    Download Submission (424KB) | February 2014
  • New Acland Coal Mine Stage 3 EIS Submission

    The Environmental Impact Statement does not contain any evaluation as to whether the project is of value to the community; it deals only with projected economic gain and avoids projected economic loss from health and agricultural impacts and from resource consumption which might have more sustainable uses........

    Download Submission (255KB) | February 2014
  • Energy White Paper - Issue Paper Submission

    Planning Australia’s future energy landscape well in advance provides important opportunities to address challenges facing us and maximize energy efficiency, and security, as well as health and environmental co-benefits. However, we find the Energy White Paper (EWP) significantly flawed due to omissions or failure to consider the following important factors:......

    Download Submission (308KB) | February 2014
  • Great Barrier Reef Coastal Component Strategic Assessment Submission

    The Great Barrier Reef is of “natural significance which is so exceptional as to transcend national boundaries and is of common importance for present and future generations of all humanity” (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO). A healthy reef provides multiple benefits directly and indirectly to humans via marine biodiversity, tourism and the fishing industry and indeed human health depends in part on sustainable fulfilling employment and is linked to the health of the reef. The loss of the Great Barrier Reef will have adverse long term effects on the health and well being of Queenslanders and the nation. The loss will be economic through damage to the tourism industry, fishing and recreation which presently provide sustainable employment. There will also be direct health impacts resulting from toxic industries deployed adjacent to coast waters. The fundamental cause of this developing scenario is a government failure of understanding and regulation and unwillingness to address the problems of development because of the short term economic gains they provide.

    Download Submission (267KB) | February 2014
  • Enquiry into the Government’s Direct Action Plan

    We strongly support emission reductions and support any part of the Direct Action Plan which can be demonstrated to be effective. As a health advocacy organisation DEA expresses its opinion to the Senate Enquiry because any policy or regulatory mechanisms that effects a change in greenhouse gas emissions, directly or through associated or secondary social and environmental effects, will have health implications. DEA believes that Direct Action should be based on sound scientific principles and on economic rationalism, the two disciplines which are the basis of Western development...............

  • Alcoa of Australia application for Electricity Generation License for Anglesea Power Station

    Electricity generated from Anglesea Power Station is not required to ensure the reliability of Victoria’s electricity requirements, or that of the Port Henry Aluminium Smelter. Anglesea coal has an extremely high sulphur content leading to large amounts of SO2 being emitted from its combustion. Sulphur dioxide is an acute respiratory irritant with no safe exposure levels and the Anglesea Power Station is within close proximity of the town boundary and primary school.

    Download Submission (320KB) | December 2013
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