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Aussie Nun, Teenagers Defeated in Climate Duty-of-Care Case

  • Federal court allows government appeal against 2021 ruling
  • Tuesday’s decision was unanimous across all three judges
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Australia’s Federal Court overturned a ruling that could have forced the environment minister to consider the impacts of climate change on young people when assessing new fossil fuel projects. 

The court reversed a verdict from last year that said Sussan Ley owed children a duty of care when assessing a new coal mine, in a case brought against the government by some teenagers and an elderly nun. Tuesday’s decision was unanimous across all three judges hearing the appeal, citing reasons including that the issues weren’t appropriate for them to rule on.