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First Nations Clean Energy Strategy Consultation paper

DEA welcomed the opportunity to provide a submission to the First Nations Clean Energy Strategy, enabling us to bring our health expertise to the Strategy, while recognising the importance of First Nations people themselves in determining their role in Australia’s energy transition.
DEA’s recommendations are summarised below

  1. Australia’s National Energy Transformation Partnership, and overall vision of climate change
    response should be guided by a vision of improving wellbeing and increasing equity, in Australia
    and globally, rather than short term economic benefits. The First Nations Clean Energy Strategy
    should look towards this vision under guidance of First Nations Australians.
  1. DEA supports the principles that the First Nations Clean Energy Strategy re-affirm and act on
    Australia’s prior commitments:
    1. Australia recognises its obligations under both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
      and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to ensure First Nations
      Australians’ rights to housing, sanitation, education, employment and health care, including access to affordable energy.
    2. Australia recognises its obligations under the Universal Declaration of the Rights of
      Indigenous Peoples
      (UNDRIP) to free, prior and informed consent by First Nations Australians before any development on their lands.
    3. Australia recognises its obligations to the Sustainable Development Goals including commitment to sustainable energy, and reduction and eventual elimination of CO2 exports.
  1. DEA recommends that the First Nations Clean Energy Strategy specifically state that gas is not clean
    fuel for either energy, heating or cooking and should be explicitly excluded from this strategy.
  1. The rights of First Nations Australians to veto developments on their lands should be explicitly
    articulated and upheld.
  1. In recognition of the right to housing articulated in the UNDRIP, Australia act more urgently on the
    housing crisis as it affects First Nations Australians. This includes consultation with users in housing
    design and attention to location, orientation, shading, passive heating and cooling, insulation and
    tree-planting to complement affordable energy in ensuring comfort and safety while minimising
    household energy requirements.
  1. In consultation with First Nations Clean Energy Network and local communities, establish achievable
    targets for First Nations ownership and management of renewable energy assets.
  1. Provide sustainable long-term funding for the First Nations Clean Energy Network to educate First
    Nations Australians, through good governance and management of the Network.
  1. Showcase and learn from Indigenous organisations that are delivering outcomes for First Nations
    communities.
  1. Every agreement must ensure commitment of adequate time and resources for effective
    engagement.

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