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Something just a little bit momentous happened overnight in The Hague. A group of 900 people, organisations and their team of lawyers sued their government – and won!

The 900 people came from all walks of life – pensioners, teachers, caseworkers, musicians, movers and shakers, plus school kids.

It all started from an online discussion between members of a non-governmental organisation who then ‘crowdpleaded’ for plaintiffs and supporters.

Their thinking was to give all the facts to a judge and let them speak to the facts, not, and I repeat not, to the politics.

James Thornton, of ClientEarth put it like this:

“By using the principles of tort law, the case “returns to the fundamental power of the court to prevent harm – it is of great relevance to courts in other countries – every country in the world has tort law.”

This case presented was against the Netherlands Government and its inaction against climate change. This success has moved citizens of other countries to take similar actions, including Belgium and Norway.

Climate change aside, this case has started us thinking. Which burning issues would I like to have dealt with by – for want of a better term – common sense? And facts. Just the facts.

It’s a dream of course, given our already overloaded legal system… BUT in a perfect world, what would you like to see happen?

If given your day in court, what would you like to sue the Government – Federal, State or Local – for? And why?

We look forward to reading about the issues that matter to you.

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  1. Just sack all of them and start from scratch with lower wages and a lot more honesty

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    • but who would replace the ones in power? it seems that politicaians only want to play politics…they don’t want to govern

    • I am sure there are people out there that would do a much better job than what we have had and for a lower wage, nobody likes the bull our Pollies put out there l for one would like to have someone that really cares to get us back on track

  2. climate change would not get through too many doubts and all done with modelling depends on which one you want Baaaa

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    • A scientific model starts with the known facts and real data. To dismiss it like you have means you do not understand the process of a model. The reasons that the models disagree with each other are because some assume bigger effects than others. However, even the most conservative models (those with the smallest effects) show it is real, and make predictions that are tested and true. Scientists currently fear that the actual changes are at the more drastic end, given the current observations of tundra melting and releasing methane, the almost complete loss of the Arctic ice, the melting and sliding of Antartic ice, and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, which are all predictions.

  3. Immigration would be at the top of my list. I see the problems in France Belgium, Norway, Sweden and Britian. Too many people are now driving these countries into poverty.

  4. double standards within the system….”money talks-truth walks” and sue the govt for gross misrepresentation by our elected politicans-[they are far more interested in their own well being and not that of their electorates]..!

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  5. It would be Julia Gillard spending $450,000.00 refurbishing her office at tax payers expense and workers on the sight can’t possibly see where the money has been spent sounds very suspicious to me

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    • You miss my point our retired politicians are pigs at a trough everything for nothing and Julia’s past I think has just become present I think she has just lined her pockets with tax payers money again I personally are sick of this happening

    • Some right wing Conservatives can’t let go!! Blame Gillard or Labor for their incompetence. However I would like to sue this Govt for their treatment of pensioners. Abbott is blaming us for the woes of his Govt- namely unable to balance his budget. We’re made to feel we should all be put in a bus so he can push us off a cliff. If he hadn’t doubled the deficit in 18 months we might have had a fighting chance. This far right Conservative Govt can’t tolerate any criticism be it constructive or otherwise. Abbott should govern for all people instead of the top 20% then our country would be a whole lot better off.

    • Norm Draper why are you singling out one politician?? Aren’t they all the same with their snouts in the trough? You’re showing your bias or should I say misogynistic views.

    • Norm Draper if you’re talking about renovations you can’t go past The Lodge in Canberra. Mr Abbott has approved further changes at a total cost of $6.38 million!! The cost is 50% more than knocking down the building and starting again!!! Also Tony Abbott continues to stay in a room in the Aust Fed Police College,
      having knocked back a $3000-a-week rented house, costing taxpayers $65,000 to terminate the lease. And while we’re on spending tax payers money PM Abbott is spending $12,000 a month on the lawns and gardens at Kirribilli House in Sydney!
      That’s $144,000/ year. Not bad I would say.

    • Jan your only reading what you want into this I clearly used the term politicians by that I mean all of them I used Gillards example because it was on front page of the Advertiser in Adelaide yesterday and she is retired and I could build 2good houses for the amount of money she has claimed she spent on renovating an office and you are obviously a labor supporter so don’t make nasty remarks about me being a liberal supporter

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