After sustained pressure from the Greens, the Independents and the community, federal responsibility to protect water resources from coal seam gas mining, has been passed through the Lower House today.
The Australian Greens today circulated amendments to Abbott-proof proposed protection for water resources from coal seam gas mining and to give landholders the right to so no to coal seam gas mining on their property.
Senator Rhiannon moved a motion criticising the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and the Australian Rail Track Corporation for underplaying the impact of particulate matter emitted by coal trains in the Hunter.
The Queensland Government's decision to pursue uranium mining breaks a promise by Premier Newman and will yield "all risks and no rewards", the Australian Greens warned today as a report on establishing the industry in the state was released.
Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon will attend tomorrow's 'Stop T4 rally' in Newcastle and launch a new campaign postcard urging Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese not to waste $3.5 billion of federal money propping up coal rail in the Hunter.