Two environmental activists have been released after spending a week in custody in central Queensland.
Kyle Magee and Juliet Lamont were both denied bail and held in custody on November 2nd, after disrupting work at two coal ports in a week. They locked themselves to conveyor belts; first at Hay Point Coal Terminal in Mackay, and then at Adani’s North Queensland Export Terminal in Bowen.
Yesterday they were both released after pleading guilty to all charges and being sentenced to time served.
Ms Lamont said “Jail wasn’t pretty, but neither is runaway climate change. Each day in prison, I thought about our horrific bushfires, the deadly floods, our dying reef, our boiling oceans and our untrustworthy government doing absolutely nothing to save us. It is up to us, the people of Australia, to do everything in our power to protect our children’s future. We are in the fight of our lives, but together we can turn this nightmare around.”
Mr Magee said “The system is broken. Instead of acting with a genuine duty of care to future generations, our government fights in court to reject that duty. Civil disobedience against this corrupt government is a moral necessity to me, and the only way we have a hope for a livable future.”