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Preliminary Statement from the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal

Attached below is the Preliminary Statement the PPT judges and secretariat have issued now that the PPT Plenary Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change has concluded. This is only a preliminary statement, not the court’s final judgment, though it does provide some hints about how the judges are thinking about their work.  Again, thank…
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Linc Energy $4.5m Fine and Conviction

The Linc Energy $ 4.5 million fine and conviction certainly sends a message that ecological vandalism with disastrous consequences will not be taken lightly and has now set a precedence.  But – it has been suggested that it may cost $38 million to clean up it cost the government $2 million and 6 years to…
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A rose by any other name: “Social Licence”

For years now, I have felt uncomfortable with the term “social licence”.  I have felt that it was being misused and misappropriated. In my mind “Social Licence” or Corporate Social Responsibility is a Euphamism or Jargon that is used in place of the correct over arching term of Human Rights. These terms are ‘too vague…
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Australian Company inflicting Human Rights Impacts in Latin America

The United Nations has also established the duty of  the government to protect against human rights abuse by third parties, including business enterprises. They have published Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.   In this debate about human rights impacts in Australia by this industry and multinationals, there is a shocking example of an Australian…
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A tale of two futures

In an excruciating load of irony today, two stories clearly shine a spot light on the writing on the wall and the absurdity of our government’s ongoing greed driven one eyed white knuckle grip on the unconventional gas industry. The first story (Gas Giants Bill Threat: Price Hikes Predicted) is one that is being told…
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Trial and Terrible Error

“I took these readings on my front verandah with a private $5000 gas detector purchased explicitly for the purpose of citizen science, during a particularly powerful bout of “Linc Stink”.  The following is my testimony as to my experience living with the impact of this industry.” (It shows a reading of 4.4 ppm of VOC)…
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The answer is in the Second Premise, and Your Testimony

Tomorrow, Kathleen Dean Moore will present the first of the Bedrock Lectures for the Spring Creek Project in support and leading up to the Plenary Session of the Permanent People’s Tribunal on March 14-18.   Kathleen Dean Moore is a Philosopher and wrote a book in 2012 with Michael P. Nelson, titled Moral Ground: Ethical Action…
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10 years of boom and bust distilled – Gas winners & Gas Losers

The impacts of this industry on the people expected to host this industry in their homes and those who are forced to leave their homes are undeniable and relate directly the human rights to clean air, water, privacy, health and safety, and a sustainable environment.  See the most recent testimony received to Session 5 and…
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What is the link between public participation and “Salami Slicing”?

THE Territory Government is poised to lift its fracking moratorium next year following the release of the NT fracking inquiry’s draft final report. The report contains 120 recommendations that panel chairwoman Rachel Pepper said would mitigate the risks associated with fracking to “acceptable levels”.  Tim Forcey has published his feedback to aspects of the NT…
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Pseudo-Science or inconvenient truth?

APPEA (Gas industry body) recently derided a paper by Dr Geralyn McCarron regarding a link between a rise in gasfield toxic pollutants and hospital admissions for circulatory and respiratory diseases.  Their only rebuttal to the paper was to refer to the paper as ‘pseudo-science”.  Of course this is lazy and they do not produce a …
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