July 1st – Dam victories, tamed pandas and all the rest of it….

On 1 July 1983, in a landmark decision, the High Court on circuit in Brisbane ruled by a vote of 4 to 3 in the federal government’s favour. Judges Mason, Murphy, Brennan and Deane were in the majority and justices Wilson and Dawson with Chief Justice Gibbs were in the minority. [wikipedia] This was a major turning point. The Hawke government talked about biodiversity/conservation and then did nowt. It was only in 1988/9 that it was forced to up its game.

2004: Taming the Panda: The relationship between WWF Australia and Howard Government

Also on this day
International Geophysical year held between 1 July 1957 and 31 December 1958. The year was sponsored jointly by WMO and the International Council for Scientific Unions (ICSU) and 30,000 scientists from more than 1000 research stations in sixty-six countries participated. [And that’s where we get the Keeling Curve from…]
Page 22 Paterson, M (1996)
1981 Buckminster Fuller dies
1996 Australian Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Renewable Energy established. Killed off at the end of 2003
1999 GEODISC commenced on July 1, 1999 after extensive consultation with industry regarding the issues, priorities, and available data. Wherever possible international research and development experience is being applied and modified to suit the conditions that prevail in Australia.
2012 Australian carbon tax comes into effect

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