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Federal Senate inquiry into the Climate Change Amendment (Duty of Care and Intergenerational Climate Equity) Bill 2023

DEA wholeheartedly supports a legislated requirement that the government invoke the wellbeing of
current and future generations as its paramount consideration when faced with administrative
decisions that have genuine potential to cause grievous harm to future generations.

Key Points:

  • Children suffer 90% of the burden of death and disability caused by climate change.
  • Climate change is fundamentally a child rights issue, and adversely impacts children’s right to life, survival, development, protection and participation.
  • As ratifiers of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Australian Government has a legal obligation and duty of care to act in the best interests of children. In this context, this refers to protecting children from the harmful effects of climate change and environmental destruction.
  • Adopting a values-centered approach which prioritises child health and wellbeing in its decision-making will generate lifelong, intergenerational and economic benefits.

Recommendations:

  • Expand the scope of the Amendment to include broader planetary health considerations.
  • Inclusion of Scope 3 emissions and inclusion of both domestic and exported emissions (as has been proposed).

Click here to read DEA’s full submission