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Bill of Rights needs to also guarantee grandkids' rights.



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Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Bill of Rights needs to also guarantee grandkids’ rights

The Rudd government’s consultations on a Bill of Rights should extend to include the right of our grandchildren to a clean, green and ecologically secure nation, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

“Our children and theirs have intergenerational rights to inherit, no less than us, clean water, an unpolluted atmosphere, uncontaminated soil and intact biodiversity. There should be penalties against knowingly infringing these rights,” Senator Brown said.

“The current threat of climate change will leave the Great Barrier Reef largely dead by 2050 and so deprive future Australians of a fundamental right which we, today, all enjoy. Actions which obviously threaten the Tasmanian wedge tailed eagle, the blue whale or the koala with extinction should be ruled out by a bill with teeth,” Senator Brown said.

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Ebony Bennett Media Advisor Senator Bob Brown | Leader of the Australian Greens