AUSTRALIAN PARENTS SEE RED AS MINISTER LEY LODGES DUTY OF CARE APPEAL
21 July 2021
Australian parents are livid that the Federal Environment Minister is blatantly ignoring her duty to protect our children from climate harm.
It took just days for Environment Minister Sussan Ley to lodge an appeal to challenge the Federal Court decision that she has a responsibility to prevent climate harm to Australia’s children.
In just the past 7 days, two thousand parents nationwide have signed a petition asking Minister Ley not to appeal the historic declaration in the case.
“Minister Ley is our Federal Environment Minister – she is entrusted with the chief responsibility of providing a healthy environment for all Australians. And yet her speedy abdication of responsibility for our children’s safety is sickening for us parents”, said Australian Parents for Climate Action CEO Nic Seton.
“The Morrison government is putting the profits of a coal mining company before their duty of care to our children. Quite frankly, it’s offensive.”
“We are asking other parents around Australia to sign our petition, to ask Minister Ley to drop this appeal. We need to show our children, who are already suffering in lockdown, that they can trust their parents and leaders,” said Nic Seton.
Deanna Hayes is a parent of Ambrose Hayes, one of the eight children who took Environment Minister Sussan Ley to court over the carbon emissions that would result from approving the Vickery coal mine extension project in the Sharma v Minister for the Environment court case.
“I have been amazed by my son Ambrose, only 16, who has bravely taken on the Environment Minister to prove to her the obvious – that she has to consider his future when deciding about developments.”
“Now, Ambrose, his siblings, his friends, are grieving. They have no faith in us adults to protect their safety, their future. As a mother, I feel helpless to protect him when the government so clearly does not care”, said Deanna from her home in Dulwich Hill in Sydney.