Greens Party to empower flood victims to sue coal and gas companies for ‘climate-fuelled damages’


Greens’ radical plan to allow flood victims to SUE coal and gas companies for ‘climate-fuelled damage’

  • Greens Party pledged to introduce legislation to sue coal and gas companies
  • Flood victims empowered to take legal action against ‘climate-fuelled damage’
  • Party wants to see funding for emergency response doubled to $5billion a year
  • Greens to commit to climate-focused investments for projects like flood levees m

The Greens Party has pledged to introduce legislation to empower flood victims to sue major coal and gas companies for ‘climate-fuelled damage’.

Party leader Adam Bandt said the effects of climate change was ‘ravaging’ the NSW Northern Rivers region recently devastated by unprecedented flooding.

Mr Bandt said coal and gas corporations had ‘fuelled’ the major weather event and called on those he deemed responsible to reimburse residents for the damage.

‘The Greens want to stop new coal and gas mines and give the community, the council and governments the right to sue the coal and gas corporations that have knowingly made the climate crisis worse,’ he told reporters.

Greens’ leader Adam Bandt (pictured) said the effects of climate change was ‘ravaging’ the NSW Northern Rivers region recently devastated by unprecedented flooding

Legislation promised by the Greens will empower residents to sue coal and gas companies for flood damage (pictured, staff clean up their store in Byron Bay on March 31)

Legislation promised by the Greens will empower residents to sue coal and gas companies for flood damage (pictured, staff clean up their store in Byron Bay on March 31)

Mr Bandt, joined by one of his key candidates Mandy Nolan, is due to announce the plan on Tuesday along with other climate-focused investments.  

Ms Nolan, a comedian and writer, is the candidate for the Greens priority seat of Richmond on the NSW North Coast. 

The seat is currently held by Labor MP Justine Elliot on a margin of 4.1 per cent, ahead of the Nationals, however the Greens are steadily gaining support. 

The party has pledged $190billion a year to the Richmond community to help rebuild and upgrade infrastructure to reduce the impacts of future flood events. 

They will also seek to increase emergency services funding to $5billion a year to bolster support for volunteers and residents in flood-affected areas. 

Mr Bandt said coal and gas corporations had 'fuelled' the major weather event that affected residents across NSW and southeast Queensland (pictured, residents in Brisbane in March)

Mr Bandt said coal and gas corporations had ‘fuelled’ the major weather event that affected residents across NSW and southeast Queensland (pictured, residents in Brisbane in March)

Ms Nolan, a comedian and writer, is the candidate for the Greens priority seat of Richmond on the NSW North Coast (pictured outside Parliament House in Canberra)

Ms Nolan, a comedian and writer, is the candidate for the Greens priority seat of Richmond on the NSW North Coast (pictured outside Parliament House in Canberra)

The Greens also want $600m to be spent every year from the Emergency Response Fund which is currently restricted to $4.7billion. 

They also want $300million spent in 2027-28 on climate resilience projects. 

Mr Bandt said if Ms Nolan joined the Greens in the House of Representatives the party would ‘kick the Liberals out’ and invest in climate-focused projects. 

The candidate said residents shouldn’t have to be clearing mud out of their houses ‘wondering if the government is ever going to show up’. 

‘The people of the Northern Rivers are the collateral damage of a Budget that gives Billions to gas and coal,’ Ms Nolan tweeted in the wake of the March flooding. 

The Greens also want $600m to be spent every year from the Emergency Response Fund which is currently restricted to $4.7billion.

The Greens also want $600m to be spent every year from the Emergency Response Fund which is currently restricted to $4.7billion.

‘How do you recover from this? We are covered in s*** and mud and despair – it’s the frontline of a climate war.’

In an election proposal, the party pledged free access to the National Broadband Network for low-income Australians to cost $800million per year. 

Mr Bandt said the pandemic had showed how important internet access was, with school students, carers, low-income families and the unemployed to benefit. 

The free high-speed net would be free to anyone with a government healthcare card with about 1.5 million Australians expected to benefit.

The Greens have also pledged to legalise marijuana, wipe student debt, make childcare free and ban petrol cars in an ambitious election agenda.

Greens Party leader said if Richmond candidate Mandy Nolan joined the Greens in the House of Representatives the party would 'kick the Liberals out' and invest in climate-focused projects (pictured, flood-damage items and debris in Brisbane)

Greens Party leader said if Richmond candidate Mandy Nolan joined the Greens in the House of Representatives the party would ‘kick the Liberals out’ and invest in climate-focused projects (pictured, flood-damage items and debris in Brisbane)

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