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Govt ignoring water laws shows Big Mining running Parliament

Media Release
Larissa Waters 17 Mar 2020

The Greens have welcomed court proceedings against the Morrison Government for failing to apply national water laws when it assessed Adani’s North Galilee Water Scheme project, a key part of the Carmichael coal mine.

“The water trigger was introduced to protect farmers, landholders and community members by making sure the impacts on water supplies are rigorously assessed,” Greens Senate Leader and spokesperson on mining, Senator Larissa Waters said today.

“But the government won’t be assessing Adani’s pipeline project, despite the project sucking out 12.5 billion litres of water per year.

“During drought and a climate emergency, that’s billions of litres of water removed without any proper environmental assessment.

“Once again, the interests of farmers and our environment are being ignored in favour of Liberal Party donors.

“The Morrison Government may as well end the charade and have the Prime Minister report directly to the mining industry.

“The Greens stand with the community to stop Adani and clean up politics so we can protect our water resources and take action on climate change,” she said.

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