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CDU EXPERT: Defunding EDO could harm Australians’ rights for accountability

Charles Darwin University < 1 mins read

5 FEBRUARY, 2023

Who: Charles Darwin University law lecturer Shelley Eder. Ms Eder is a former board member of the Environmental Defenders Office.


  • The purpose and role of the Environmental Defenders Office.
  • The role of legal services to support corporate accountability.

Contact details: Call +61 8 8946 6721 or email to arrange an interview.

Quotes attributable to Ms Shelley Eder:

"The Environmental Defenders Office is an important organisation in securing government and corporate accountability with environmental and planning laws.

“The very small amount of funding it receives allows it to represent the interests of everyday Australians in the actions of government and corporations where they impact our natural environment and wildlife. Without this funding and the specialised service the EDO provides, it would be very difficult for people to take up these challenges.

“The simple fact that the Environmental Defenders’ Office exists means that governments and corporations need to pay due attention to the existing laws. This is not red tape, these are reasonable and well thought out laws that are often the only protection in the preservation of our environment against corporate exploitation. These corporations often pay no tax and leave an ugly mess when they close down.

"It is disingenuous of Peter Dutton to tie closing the EDO to the recent ‘no’ vote. These two issues are completely unrelated, and he does not have a mandate for wholesale environmental exploitation."

Contact details:

Raphaella Saroukos she/her
Communications Officer
Marketing, Media & Communications
Larrakia Country
T: +61 8 8946 6721

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