30 September 2013, 6.34am AEST – The Conversation The Commonwealth will not delegate to the states decisions under its national environmental laws in which the states have a “conflict of interest”. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt confirmed this significant commitment … Continue reading

ABC News – Fri 27 September 2013 – Federal Government steps in to speed up coal seam gas drilling in New South Wales

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Updated Fri 27 Sep 2013, 12:19am AEST The Federal Government says it is intervening to fast-track coal seam gas (CSG) projects in New South Wales in response to the state’s “gas crisis”. Resources Minister Ian Macfarlane has warned that thousands … Continue reading

The Guardian – 23rd September 2013 – ‘Mega-mines’ in Queensland’s Galilee basin would guzzle water, report says

Nine planned coalmines would threaten future of dozens of farming communities, lobby group Lock the Gate says Oliver Milman, Monday 23 September 2013 16.43 AEST Nine planned “mega-mines” in the Galilee basin region of Queensland would drain the area … Continue reading

The Guardian – 26th September 2013 – Mega-mines will have to comply with tough ‘water trigger’ law: Greg Hunt

Environmental safeguards introduced by Labor government will affect coalmines owned by Clive Palmer and Gina Rinehart Lenore Taylor, political editor, Thursday 26 September 2013 19.04 AEST Huge coalmines proposed by Clive Palmer and a company co-owned by Gina Rinehart … Continue reading

The Guardian 24 Sept 2013 – David Suzuki accuses Tony Abbott of ‘wilful blindness’ to climate change

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  ‘It’s a crazy, dangerous situation if we’re going to marginalise science in favour of political priorities,’ says environmentalist Environmentalist David Suzuki has attacked the Coalition’s climate change policies, calling for a legal penalty to be imposed for “wilful blindness” … Continue reading

The Australian – Sept 16 2013 – Threat to Barrier Reef raised as indigenous mine deal signed

THE first coalmine on Cape York is one step closer, after the indigenous-backed Wongai project inked a landmark deal with experienced operators Bounty Mining. The arrangement will see publicly listed Bounty chip in equity for the feasibility and environmental impact … Continue reading