Australia’s Federal Court Holds Government Responsible for Climate
IEEFA reported that Australian Environment Minister Ms Sussan Ley will appeal federal court declaration she has a duty of care to protect Australian children from climate harm that would be caused by the expansion of a coalmining project. The historic judgment by Justice Mordecai Bromberg placed into law the minister’s responsibility after a case against the Vickery coalmine expansion was brought by the eight schoolchildren and a nun.
Some of the eight schoolchildren that brought the case to the federal court have reacted with dismay to the appeal, with one saying the government was now fighting for the right to cause them harm.
The children had tried to force an injunction, stopping Ley from approving the expansion plans for Whitehaven Coal’s project near Boggabri in New South Wales. The minister has still to make a decision on the plans.