Court defers judgement – to March 3rd

Newcastle Local Court has today deferred judgement on the $525 000 victims’ compensation claim against the Rising Tide 7 brought by Port Waratah Coal Services, after two full days of hearings. The judgement will be delivered on March 3.

The case is an important test case for civil liberties and the right to protest in NSW.

The PWCS’ claim is an example of corporate bullying in the face of rising concern about coal and climate change.

The Defendants and Legal Team

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About risingtide7

On September 26, 2010, forty-one community members shut down all three coal terminals at the world's biggest coal port, Newcastle, New South Wales, which is currently undergoing a massive expansion. To tackle the climate crisis we need more courageous people who are willing to stand up for the planet that we all share. Rio Tinto and Xstrata are now seeking $525 000 in "victim's compensation" for lost profits during the protest. This is an abuse of laws designed to protect victims of violent crime. These companies' activities cost the world millions of dollars in climate change impacts, health and environmental impacts, and the destruction of agricultural, winery and manufacturing industries. Their claim to be "victims" is an insult to the people of the Torres Straits, the Pacific Islands, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bolivia and all over the world who will be the first to be affected by climate chaos.
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