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Climate change duty of care campaigners risk jail

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Daisy Nutty was with a group of Extinction Rebellion protestors occupying the roof of the APPEA building and blocking traffic in Canberra Tuesday morning.

The activists were taking advantage of this week’s parliament sitting to express their anger over the federal government’s decision to appeal a recent court decision referencing climate change and a related duty of care to children.

Protestors prepared to go to jail for climate action

Extinction Rebellion protestors blocked traffic in Canberra for more than two hours Tuesday morning. PIC supplied

Police arrested Ms Nutty and another protestor from the roof, as well as two protestors blocking traffic through tripods they had set up on one of Canberra’s main roads, and a woman who had glued herself to the base of one of the tripods, a group spokesman said.

The spokesman said it took police more than two hours to remove the five protestors and that the ACT Fire and Rescue team was called for help as cherry-pickers were required.

Another 25-35 protestors looked on.

Ms Nutty and the other four arrested protestors said they would seek in court to have their charges dismissed but if their requests were denied, were prepared to go to jail for their cause rather than comply with any bail conditions.

Government objects to duty of care towards kids on climate change

Extinction Rebellion protestor Daisy Nutty says she’s a registerd nurse in Lismore, originally from the UK. PIC SUPPLIED

‘Instead of stepping up to her responsibility as Environment Minister, Sussan Ley is appealing a finding by Federal Court Justice Bromberg that she owes a duty of care to protect children from the harmful effects of climate change,’ Ms Nutty is quoted as saying in a media release from Extinction Rebellion.

The case Ms Nutty referred to was resolved in the Federal Court in July and involved the controversial planned expansion of Whitehaven Coal’s Vickery Coalmine in northern NSW.

Eight children took Ms Ley to court, citing concerns of climate change impacts on their future.

Justice Mordecai Bromberg found in favour of the expansion but in an historic legal decision, found the environment minister owed Australian children a duty of care to protect them from future personal injuries caused by climate change.

The government said almost immediately it would appeal the decision.

Lismore nurse vows to protect planet until dying day

Ms Nutty said on Tuesday morning she believed time was running out to prevent some of the worst possible environmental predictions from happening.

‘I have pledged to my niece and nephew and all future generations to save koalas and all life from extinction,’ she said, adding that she came to Australia from the north of England nearly twenty years ago thanks to the offer of ‘a better lifestyle, the amazing wildlife and diversity of land and communities’.

‘A better world is possible,’ Ms Nutty said, ‘look how we pulled together globally for the pandemic’.

‘I will passionately protect the planet until my dying day’.

An Extinction Rebellion spokesman said protestors complied with all relevent public health orders regarding COVID-19.


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4 COMMENTS

  1. What a lovely woman !
    A true patriot and an example to all. Unfortunately in a fascist state these caring people,are first against the wall . This reminds me of that other great Australian, Julian Assange and the torture these political scum have perpetrated on so many right minded truth-tellers.
    Once upon a time, police, politicians, priests and courts made some pretence of being honourable, they don’t bother any more, and any hint of decency is seen as weakness …..and Sussan Ley is the Minister for the Environment. Our Deputy Prime Minister is Barnaby Joyce, It makes me ashamed to be Australian these days. G”)

  2. Thankyou Daisy, the pathos of global civilisation Marching lockstep towards heat, collapse, and chaos, can only be averted by those who act as if reality is Real.

  3. Sadly I agree with Ken’s statements above in relation to Daisy’s courageous stand for justice & environmental integrity. Peaceful activists & whistleblowers have been vilified & persecuted like NEVER before in recent years. Our Democracy is on it’s death bed & needs intubating ASAP. Right wing governments have tried every trick in the book to undermine our ‘so called right to protest’ & ramped up surveillance , as if we are in some weird authoritarian contest to out do the Chinese Govt. Police tazer guns / capsicum spray & increased police force has become so common place , few people react to our serge towards a fascist state ? Our truth tellers like Julian Assange/ Witness K & Colleary etc ……are treated like dangerous criminals instead of being treated like national heroes. We should be honouring these people & cherishing what they stand for, rather then continually mindlessly voting in the thugs that see these brave souls as a threat to the establishment. Speaking of which, Minister Susan Ley should have her portfolio re titled to Minister for business interests & mega corporations. I too am now ashamed to be Australian & will no longer refer to myself as this.

  4. Well done Daisy – as a fellow registered nurse working in Lismore I agree it is part of our nursing role to advocate for communities and populations. The science on climate change risks is clear. Our Nursing and Midwifery National Board Code of Conduct specifically includes environmental factors when discussing the health advocacy that we must do as as nurses. It says we must “use their expertise and influence to protect and advance the health and wellbeing of individuals as well as communities and populations”. You’ve put your job and your liberty on the line and I’ll fight with you to make sure you keep both.

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