Energy Minister Cripps gags objections to mine projects in last minute change to environmental laws
Mackay Conservation Group has condemned laws passed by Queensland Parliament at five minutes to midnight on Tuesday night that strip rights from community groups and most landholders to object to large mining projects, such as coal mining projects in the Galilee Basin.
‘This is completely underhand and represents gross deception of the people of Queensland by Energy Minister Cripps.
‘These laws were not debated in Parliament, or given any chance for public comment.Read more
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We have two exciting roles for people who want to get involved in the work of Mackay Conservation Group. Hours are flexible, with a four hour per week minimum.
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The position is part time (two days per week) until 31 May 2015. Click here to download a position description, or call Ellen on 0408 583 694 if you have any questions.
Applications close Monday 22nd September.
Did you get down to Mackay's Cup of Sunshine event on Tuesday August 19, when we wrote letters to Glenn Lazarus from Palmer United, asking him to support the Renewable Energy Target, which helps the renewable energy industries achieve 20% of all Australia's energy coming from clean sources?
Well good on you, because Lazarus has confirmed less than two weeks later all PUP Senators will vote against Abbot's solar killing plan. Lazarus even went so far as to say that, 'the majority of Australians want Australia to move away from dirty fuel like coal and to increase our use of renewable energy sources.'
Legal case against Abbot Point dumping will continue
Rumours are circulating that the companies wanting to build Abbot Point coal terminals will propose a land based dumping option to address concerns about the impact of dumping dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
In March this year MCG launched legal action against the Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s decision to approve dredging and dumping for the proposed Abbot Point coal terminal expansion.
‘We would need to see any alternative proposal to determine how far it goes towards addressing all our concerns and whether it affects the current Federal Court case.Read more