As the world begins to move away from coal, with more countries vowing to be coal-free by 2030, Australia stands in stark contrast. The federal environment minister Sussan Ley recently approved four new coal projects in one month. This is despite a recent federal court ruling that the minister has a duty to protect children from the climate crisis.
Laura Murphy-Oates speaks to barrister Chris McGrath and environment reporter Lisa Cox about how and why these coal projects were approved – and the future of Australia’s relationship with coal
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