As reported on Financial Review, The Commonwealth has lost an attempt to have a landmark case alleging it misled or deceived sovereign bonds investors by failing to disclose climate change risk thrown out, with a judge slamming its claims as “exaggerated” and having “little force”.
The claim is that, in the likely event that the consequences of climate change have material adverse impacts on the Commonwealth’s financial position, the bond market is likely to factor that into the value of [bonds] on the ASX.
The claim is that there is not simply insufficient disclosure but rather that there had been “nothing at all”.
The goal is to push for the government to declare climate change risks associated with bonds and for it to be banned from promoting or selling them until it does so. Financial Review
It is not for investors to decide what climate risk information needs to be disclosed. The onus is on the government to provide this information as it was “uniquely placed ... to assess” it.
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