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Presented on "Climate Change and the Australian Paradox: Conservative Corporate Law in a Progressive Culture"
Australian corporate law is relatively conservative. It has tended to adopt innovations after its peers in areas as diverse as shareholder rights and social enterprise. Australian courts often display a lack of enthusiasm for the application of legislative innovations even when they are eventually adopted. So one would be forgiven for assuming that Australian corporate law is indifferent at best to the causes of climate change and sustainability more generally. Perhaps surprisingly, however, Australian corporate law and the stance of key players in the corporate law community increasingly support sustainability efforts. Those developments will be examined here.