Meet the two climate-impacted Knitting Nannas using the law to protect our democratic freedoms in NSW
Following four years of devastating disasters and government inaction on climate change, two women from the flood and fire-ravaged NSW mid-north coast have launched a Constitutional challenge to NSW’s new anti-protest laws.
The EDO recognises and pays respect to the First Nations Peoples of the lands, seas and rivers of Australia. We pay our respects to the First Nations Elders past, present and emerging.
EDO aspires to learn from traditional knowledges and customs that exist from and within First Laws so that together, we can protect our environment and First Nations’ cultural heritage through both First and Western laws.
EDO recognises the on-going resistance led by First Nations Peoples for more than 200 years, in the face of dispossession and colonisation. EDO also respects that First Nations Peoples have been and continue to protest for the protection of their Countries and do so at great risk.
We recognise that First Nations’ Countries were never ceded and express our remorse for the injustices and inequities that have been and continue to be endured by the First Nations of Australia and the Torres Strait Islands since the beginning of colonisation.
Protest is an integral part of our shared democracy
Like many others, Dominique and Helen were incredibly concerned when earlier this year, the NSW Government rushed through sweeping amendments to our protest laws without public consultation.
The new laws are so broad that a group of people could face serious criminal charges simply by protesting near a railway station and causing people to be redirected around them.
Now Dominique and Helen are taking a stand for the freedoms of all NSW people with a Constitutional challenge to these new anti-protest laws in the Supreme Court of NSW.
“There’s a long, proud history of peaceful protests in Australia, and our democratic freedoms are critical in pushing the Government to do the right thing and take climate action seriously.”
Plaintiff and Knitting Nanna Helen
Climate impacts are
In the last four years alone, Dominique and Helen have endured the devastation, trauma and loss from drought, fires and floods in their communities.
Yet our governments are still
The message from governments and scientists of the world could not be clearer, without immediate action and phasing out of fossil fuels, we will not be able to secure a liveable future.