2021 Australian Peoples’ Tribunal

Citizen’s Inquiry into the 2019/2020 Australian Bushfires:
Did systemic failure by Australian governments, to Care for Country, contribute to “ecocide”?

 

OPENING SESSIONS – ALL ONLINE – MON, TUES, WED & FRIDAY

SESSION TIMES

  • Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 June – 4pm to 6.30pm AEST (Brisbane, Australia)
  • Friday 25 June – 1pm – 2pm AEST (Brisbane, Australia)

REGISTER FOR YOUR TICKET, TO JOIN US ONLINE:

for your free ticket, to observe the Tribunal discussions online

Would you like to share your stories about the 2019/2020 bushfires?

to express interest in being part of the public hearings being held during June-August online


SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS

  • People from affected areas in East Gippsland, Mallacoota, Bega Valley/Bateman’s Bay,
    and the Blue Mountains
  • Jojo Mehta, Stop Ecocide International
  • Barry Hunter, Aboriginal Carbon Foundation & Djabugay person
  • Professor Will Steffen, Climate Council
  • Professor Brendan Mackey, Griffith Climate Beacon
  • Dr Virginia Marshall, First Nations lawyer and author
  • Revel Pointon, Environmental Defenders Office
  • Benedict Coyne, Barrister and Human Rights Lawyer

PROGRAM SUMMARY

Monday 21st June – Framing the Inquiry (4-6.30pm AEST)

  • Role of the Peoples’ Tribunal
  • First Laws and Obligations to Care for Country
  • What responsibilities do Australian governments have to Care for Country and protect human rights?
  • What are Ecocide laws and Earth laws?

Tuesday 22nd June – Bushfire Impacts – What happened? (4-6.30pm AEST)

  • Impacts on human and non-human communities – Blue Mountains, East Gippsland, Batemans Bay, other communities

Wednesday 23rd June – Scientific and legal frameworks for responding to the bushfires – how we can learn from systemic failures?  (4-6.30pm AEST)

  • The science of bushfires – climate change impacts, local land, water and fire management – Caring for Country
  • A critique of legal frameworks in Australia

Friday 25th June – Summary of initial findings + next steps – the Tribunal Panel (1-2pm AEST)

 

TRIBUNAL PANEL MEMBERS

Those bearing witness to these public hearings are the following lawyers and Indigenous leaders:

  • Mary Graham, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Queensland and Kombumerri person
  • Ross Williams, Future Dreaming Australia and Bindal/Juru person
  • Dr Michelle Maloney, Australian Earth Laws Alliance
  • Gwynn Maccarrick, University of Tasmania
  • Gill Boehringer, Lawyer and human rights advocate

DETAILED PROGRAM 

Monday 21st June Framing the Inquiry Speakers
4.00pm Welcome, opening, role of the Peoples’ Tribunal Dr Michelle Maloney, Tribunal Panel
4.15pm Acknowledgement of Country Ross Williams & Michelle Maloney, Tribunal Panel
4.20pm Framing our Citizens’ Inquiry: Relationist Ethos – the land is the source of the law; the role of ‘law of obligation’ in caring for country Mary Graham, Tribunal panel
4.35pm

 

Framing our Citizens Inquiry: Obligations to Care for Country

 

Barry Hunter, Indigenous Fire Manager & Aboriginal Carbon Foundation & Djabugay person

 

5.05pm

 

Framing our Citizens’ Inquiry: What responsibilities do Australian governments have to Care for Country?

 

Revel Pointon, Lawyer, Environmental Defenders Office

 

5.35pm Framing our Citizens’ Inquiry: What responsibilities do Australian governments have to protect human rights Benedict Coyne, Barrister and Human Rights Lawyer

 

6.00pm

 

What is ecocide?

 

Jojo Mehta, Stop Ecocide International

 

6.20pm-6.30pm Summary/close Michelle Maloney and Gwynn McCarrick
Tuesday 22nd June What happened – stories and perspectives from affected communities
Speakers
4.00pm Welcome, opening, role of the Peoples’ Tribunal Michelle Maloney
4.10pm Impacts on human and non-human communities –
Stories from East Gippsland
John Hermans and others from East Gippsland
5.00pm Impacts on human and non-human communities – Bateman’s Bay, Bega and connected communities  Jo Dodds, Bega Valley Councillor + others from Batemans Bay and Bega
5.40pm

 

6.00-6.30pm

Impacts on human and non-human communities –
Stories from the Blue MountainsCLOSE
Haydn Washington + other speakers to be confirmed

 

 

Wednesday 23rd June Scientific and legal frameworks for responding to the bushfires   Speakers
4.00pm Welcome, opening, role of the Peoples’ Tribunal Michelle Maloney
4.15pm

 

 

SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDINGS

Climate Change, Earth Systems Science & Bushfires – global perspectives

Professor Will Steffen, Climate Council

 

 

4.50pm Climate change and bushfires in Australia – land, water, biodiversity Professor Brendan Mackay, Griffith Climate Beacon
5.30pm SHORT BREAK
5.40pm

 

CRITIQUE OF CURRENT LEGAL SYSTEM

Failure of legal frameworks in Australia relating to climate change

Dr Nicole Rogers, Southern Cross University
6.10pm

 

Failure of legal frameworks in Australian law, regarding Indigenous rights and leadership in Caring for Country Dr Virginia Marshall, Indigenous lawyer and author

 

6.20-6.30pm Final comments & Close Michelle Maloney and Mary Graham
 

Friday 25 June
June

1pm-2pm

 

INITIAL FINDINGS AND NEXT STEPS – TRIBUNAL PANEL

 

For more information – tribunal@earthlaws.org.au

FOR YOUR FREE TICKET, to observe the Tribunal discussions online

Would you like to share your stories about the 2019/2020 bushfires?

to express interest in being part of the public hearings being held during June-August online