Australia: Landmark legal action launched on human rights grounds against Waratah Coal for climate change contributions

Author: Peter McCutcheon, ABC News, Published on: 16 May 2020

"Youth activists challenge Clive Palmer's Waratah Coal mine saying it impacts their human rights", 14 May 2020

In an Australian legal first, an environment group has challenged a proposed mega-coal mine on the grounds that it infringes on their human rights because of its contribution to climate change.

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The action is being taken by a new group called Youth Verdict against the Galilee Coal Project in central Queensland — a project of Clive Palmer's company Waratah Coal.

Youth Verdict has lodged an objection to the mine in the Queensland Land Court, arguing it infringes on a number of their rights under the state Human Rights Act, including the right to life, the protection of children and the right to culture.

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The Galilee Coal Project involves two open pit and four underground coal mines, making it one of the biggest coal operations in Australia.

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Mr Palmer and the Waratah Coal project have been approached for comment on the case but have not replied....

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