The ABC has launched a legal action against the ABC for publishing the alleged copyright infringement of the Australian Government’s report on climate change.
The ABC says it has been contacted by lawyers representing the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the United States government and is seeking a court order requiring the broadcaster to remove its article and the related text from the ABC website.
“It appears to us that a public disclosure of information which breaches a copyright in copyright law is a public act, as it involves a public publication,” the ABC said in a statement.
“The ABC is an essential part of the ABC’s mission of providing Australians with accurate and accurate information.”
The ABC said it was aware of the copyright claims against it and that the case would be investigated.
The article, which was published in November, claimed that the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had assessed the risks to the world of a doubling of CO2 levels and that Australia’s emissions were “too high”.
“It’s a case of the US government, the United Kingdom, and China taking Australia to court to make a political point,” a spokesman for the ABC told the ABC.
The report is currently being published in an international forum in Paris.
The document also states that there is “significant risk” of “severe” sea level rise, citing “uncertain” climate projections.
The United Nations Intergovernmental Committee on Climate Science (IPC) is a body of experts that reviews climate science and provides advice to governments on climate policy.
The IPCC said in December that its latest report, published in April, found that the world is on track to hit 2C of warming, with a 2C increase being the upper limit for the world to avoid the worst impacts.
However, the IPCC says that “most likely” global warming is around 1.5C by the end of the century.
The government’s report said Australia’s carbon emissions could “be substantially reduced” through better implementation of its emissions trading scheme and carbon pricing.
The Federal Government announced in June that it would implement the carbon pricing scheme in November.
The Government has also been pushing ahead with its target of reducing emissions from coal-fired power stations by 30 per cent by 2030, a target it says is more achievable than previously anticipated.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly told the nation’s business community that the target will be met.
The target, he has said, is achievable because of the low cost of electricity generation, investment in renewable energy and the fact that Australia has “a great economy”.
The Federal Opposition has called on the Prime Minister to reconsider his stance on the climate change target, which is due to be released on Wednesday.
The Australian Electoral Commission has also received a complaint from the Liberal Party, alleging that the election of Senator Stephen Parry as Liberal leader was “voter suppression”.