Can we talk about a 'Right to Repair' in Australia?
How can we encourage repair rather than replacement of broken objects and devices?
With the increasing public attention given to the ‘right to repair’ campaign in the United States, this panel considers what a ‘right to repair’ might look like in an Australian context? Given Australia’s reliance on imported technologies, and our existing IP and consumer protection laws, how can we encourage repair rather than simply the replacement of broken objects and devices? How do manufacturers’ ‘Technological Protection Measures’ prevent repair and how might this be challenged? The panel will also address the libertarian basis of the ‘right to repair’ movement in the US, and consider whether repair campaigns in Australia might take a different form. Encouraging repair over wastage is an inherently cross-disciplinary problem. With this in mind, this discussion brings together distinct perspectives from design, law, e-waste advocacy, repair advocacy and professional repair.
Panel: John Gerstakis (Ewaste Watch); Assoc Prof Leanne Wiseman (Griffith University); Annette Mayne (The Reconnect Project); Dr Guy Keulemans (UNSW)
Chair: Dr Jesse Adams Stein, event developed in collaboration with Guido Verbist, The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre