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Law Reform · Energy & Climate

EDO Qld will continue to proudly stand up with you for democratic community rights to go to Court

26 August, 2015

Are you prepared to accept your community's exclusion from the courts? 

Dear friends,

The changes proposed by Attorney-General George Brandis to put coal mining ahead of community and the environment by repealing section 487 of the EPBC Act would in effect exclude most community and landholder groups and individuals from accessing the Courts. Why should the Courts be the exclusive territory of corporations, commercial interests and government?

Only a small number of public interest environmental cases are run compared to applications lodged, but look who benefits:

  • Farmers and all of us who enjoy healthy Australian produce benefit from increased protection for precious groundwater and thriving regional economies;
  • Endangered wildlife like koalas, spectacled flying fox, skinks and snakes benefit from better protection for their habitat or end to unlawful approvals or killings;
  • Tourism operators, marine creatures and those of us who love the Great Barrier Reef benefit from no dumping of dredge spoil on the Reef;
  • Our children and grandchildren, who need a legacy of a healthy productive natural environment.
  • So together we say to Attorney-General George Brandis, don't put coal miners above the law by removing public appeal rights from federal environment laws. Stand up for your right to protect our national natural wonders!

Thank you so much for taking action to date. Here's what you can do to help!

  • Sign and share our petition;
  • Get ready to do a short submission on the legislation by 11 September (watch the EDO Qld website for a template submission coming soon);
  • If you're in Brisbane, keep 6 October free, we will have a major seminar on public interest environmental litigation with top lawyers.

Warm regards,
Jo Bragg
EDO Qld CEO and Solicitor

Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) gives a strong legal voice to the environment when needed most.

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