During the week of May 14-18, 2018, the unconventional gas industry – CSG, fracking – goes on trial for its impact on our human rights to health, life, safe and sustainable environment, water, privacy, property, information, free and informed consent, and participation.
During that week the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on the Human Rights Impacts of Fracking will ask its judges to apply the standards of international human rights law to six subcases. They will address the experiences of individuals and communities around the world who are being impacted by unconventional oil and gas extraction and usage, and by its resulting climate effects.
Today we are launching the Australian Tribunal into human rights impacts of unconventional gas website that will host the contribution Australians will be making to the tribunal. This website is our resource and gives us a chance to tell our story. It will help us have our experiences heard and to contribute to an international tribunal in a way that is achievable and effective.
Our government has failed us by not implementing suitable policy and regulations that monitors, investigates, enforces and redresses situations that enable such abuses to occur.
Our government has failed us by allowing profit to come before people, multinationals to come before the people of the nation, and by allowing our process of governing to be influenced and manipulated.
Today we invite you to hear our story. Today we invite you to tell your story.