Natural resources and energy regulation in Australia: the energy white paper in context

Andrew D. Mitchell, Jessica Casben

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The fragmented and complex nature of the regulation of resource exploration, extraction and production in Australia, coupled with the seemingly constant changing face of Australian politics in recent years, poses unique challenges for policy makers and industry alike, despite relatively free and open trade in natural resources. Addressing the nation’s energy security needs means balancing Australia’s interests as a major global energy exporter against domestic consumption requirements and pricing pressures while securing long-term energy sustainability. Australia’s current energy policy agenda, recently outlined in the federal government’s Energy White Paper, attempts to strike this balance, but does more in the way of demonstrating the challenges than addressing them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmerging Issues in Sustainable Development
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Trade Law and Policy Relating to Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment
EditorsMitsuo Matsushita, Thomas J. Schoenbaum
Place of PublicationTokyo Japan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9784431564263
ISBN (Print)9784431564249
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameEconomics, Law, and Institutions in Asia Pacific
ISSN (Print)2199-8620
ISSN (Electronic)2199-8639

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