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Pearce, NS 2007 , 'The reality of environmental regulation', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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As part of the Tasmanian forestry industry, Forestry Tasmania (FT) (a Government
Business Enterprise) operates under a system of environmental regulation incorporating
co-regulation coupled with self-management mechanisms. For over 30 years
environmental regulation of the Tasmanian forest industry has been shadowed by both
controversy and continuing calls for scrutiny. Embedded in this shadow are concerns
relating to; the ability of the current regulatory system to adequately regulate and prevent
environmental harm; close ties between regulators, industry, and government; and
possible undue economic influence imposed on regulators.
The objective of this thesis is to uncover the 'black box' of regulatory literature by
providing a detailed examination of forestry regulation as related to the Government
Business Enterprise, FT. This examination documents the systems and structures in place
and extends further to look at the reality of such regulation.
This thesis draws on information from a number of sources including discussions with
individuals at a senior level within FT and the regulatory agency (Forest Practices
Authority) as well as interviews with a number of Forest Practices Officers (FPOs) as a
form of ground level regulation within FT. In addition public sources of information
including Hansard and High Court Judgements are used.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Pearce, NS
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