New poll shows most Australians support change to trade rules for fair access to vaccines for low-income countries
An Essential Media poll released today shows that 62 per cent of Australians believe the Australian government should support the effort to temporarily waive World Trade Organisation patent rules for COVID-19 vaccines to enable quicker and fairer access to vaccines for low-income countries. There was majority support across Coalition, Labor and Green voters. Only 10 per cent were opposed, with 27 per cent undecided. The poll was commissioned by Friends of the Earth, Amnesty International, the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET), the Australian Council of Trade Unions, and Union aid Abroad APHEDA.
Rio Tinto and Mayur Resources were awarded the Corporate Cane Toad Award for their roles in contributing to environmental destruction and/or human rights violations worldwide . The winners were announced at a ceremony in Melbourne after a month of public voting in which over 1000 people voted for the six companies nominated.
Friends of the Earth wins climate case against Shell.
Friends of the Earth have teamed up with ActionAid and Jubilee Australia to launch the inaugural Cane Toad Award, where you will have the opportunity to have your say on which Australian corporation should be named and shamed for being the biggest Cane Toad.
BMD, Adani’s most important contractor for the construction of the rail line component of the Carmichael thermal coal project, has admitted in a bombshell submission to a parliamentary inquiry that its work on Carmichael is being undertaken without public liability, environmental protection or director and officer insurance (see ABC coverage).