BREAKOUT SESSION

Day 2

12:00
CAPITOL THEATRE

DUTY OF CARE

PROSECUTING THE CASE FOR EMERGENCY ACTION

The first duty of a government is to protect and safeguard the lives of its citizens. Climate Change now constitutes an existential threat. Can we use the law of the land or tap in to a deeper moral code to prosecute the case for emergency action?

Ian Dunlop – Former Chair Australian Coal Association
Nicole RogersAssociate Professor School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University
Elaine JohnsonPrincipal Lawyer Environmental Defenders Office
Julian Burnside – Officer of the Order of Australia



SESSION

SPEAKERS

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Ian

Dunlop

“There is the assumption that this is something that can be handled with incremental change from our business as usual. Addressing existential risk is a fundamentally different level of response from anything that is being contemplated at the present time.“
STRATEGY & BUSINESS

Ian Dunlop


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Nicole

Rogers

‘Like all extraordinary emergencies, climate change requires an urgent and drastic response. As the climate emergency develops, our current understanding of what is reasonable and what is lawful will inevitably change.’
LAW & RESEARCH

Nicole Rogers


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Elaine

Johnson

“Mitigating and planning for climate risk is the responsibility of governments at all levels, yet many of our clients feel abandoned. Now, more than ever, they’re turning to lawyers for help.”
LAW & ADVOCACY

Elaine Johnson


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Julian

Burnside

“Climate change is the biggest single issue we all face, and it too is about humanity. It’s about our survival, but it’s also about jobs, health, power bills, the liveability of our towns and cities, whether it’s too hot to enjoy our summers, whether our community parks are protected, and whether we have clean air and clean water that doesn’t make us sick.“
LAW & ADVOCACY

Julian Burnside