Pocock seeks to impose duty of care on Australian government over climate harm

Tue, 29 Aug 2023 19:04:51 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"The independent senator David Pocock will call for a duty of care in
Australian law that would require governments to consider the impact of climate
harm on young people in their decision-making.

With July on track to be the world’s hottest month on record, the ACT senator
will move his first private members’s bill, which calls for new conditions to
be enshrined in Australia’s Climate Change Act.

The proposal would force the federal government to consider the health and
wellbeing of young people and future generations when making decisions that
facilitate or fund the development of projects that could significantly
increase greenhouse gas emissions.

It would impose a duty on decision-makers not to make decisions that pose a
material risk of harm to the health and wellbeing of current and future
children in Australia.

“Climate and biodiversity will be the things that we get judged on by young
people and future generations,” Pocock said.

“That’s what they’re going to care about. What decisions did we make now to
leave them with as good a future as possible?”"

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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