Greens water spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has accused Minister Barnaby Joyce of being the hand maiden for the mining industry with his 30 new dams plan.
"The Joyce plan for 30 new dams is irresponsible for agriculture and has more to do with Barnaby Joyce trying to throw his weight around for his mining mates," Senator Rhiannon said.
"This is another example of a National Party minister doing the bidding for the mining industry.
The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham was astounded to hear the Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson read an AGL press release to answer a question about the ability of coal seam gas to coexist with the dairy industry.
Mr Buckingham asked Minister Hodgkinson whether she had read the report of the parliamentary inquiry into coal seam gas, and particularly the evidence given by North Coast dairy co-operative NORCO that they could not coexist with coal seam gas. NORCO recently reported on their rapid expansion of its dairy exports to China. Minister Hodgkinson answered by reading verbatim from this AGL press release.
"It's appalling that the Minister for Primary Industries resorts to literally being an industry mouthpiece by reading our an AGL press release to answer a serious question," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today said it appeared that Resources Minister Anthony Roberts was brainwashed after he visited Santos' Narrabri coal seam gas project and began singing from the company's hymn sheet and praising CSG. He also rejected Minister Roberts claim the Greens wanted more stringent well integrity for farm water bores as an outright lie.
"I'm very concerned that Minister Roberts appears to have lost his impartiality and has become the Minister for Santos after being taken on a company tour of their coal seam gas facilities near Narrabri," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
Environmental defender, Natalie Lowrey, just released from detention in Malaysia will deliver eviction notice to Lynas in Sydney
Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and environmental defender Natalie Lowrey will outline their continuing solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of Malaysians that oppose Lynas Corporations toxic and polluting rare earth refinery in Malaysia.
Ms Lowrey will deliver an eviction notice to Australian company Lynas' headquarters in Sydney on behalf of the 1.2 million Malaysians who want the company to shut down their plant.
Ms Lowrey has just returned from Malaysia where she was arrested and detained for 6 days for her peaceful solidarity action at the Himpunan Hijau (Green Assembly) 622 Shut Down Lynas protest outside the rare earth refinery in Gebeng, Kuantan.
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Newcastle Greens will be holding an action outside NSW Parliament House to highlight the waste of money and inconvenience removing the heavy rail line between Wickham and Newcastle stations will have on Newcastle commuters and travellers. It is estimated that these changes will add 10 - 20 minutes travelling time to those travelling to Newcastle.
Newcastle Greens will erect a temporary gate/arch with a banner "Newcastle Transport Interchange" in front of the entrance and ask all those entering Parliament House to wait just 2 minutes at the gate to experience some of the frustration Newcastle travellers have to put up with if these new changes are implemented. We will also ask each person to donate $60 to the Newcastle Greens which represents the amount of money each man woman and child in NSW will be shelling out to pay for these changes.
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today called on Police Minister Michael Gallacher to resist pressure from coal seam gas company Metgasco to use the NSW Police Force to break a community blockade at Bentley, near Lismore, particularly given the company has close ties to the Coalition government through lobbyists and relatives of MPs.
"The NSW Police Force should not be used as private security to allow a coal seam gas company to force its way into a community that has overwhelmingly rejected the presence of gas fields in the Northern Rivers," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
Greens NSW Environment Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has called on the government to immediately and permanently protect the Ben Bullen State Forest and nearby areas, including the iconic stone pagodas, from coal mining. Coalpac has displayed plans to mine 315 Ha of Ben Bullen State Forest, around six months after the Planning Assessment Commission recommended a similar project be refused.
'When Coalpac withdrew their proposal to mine coal in the Ben Bullen State Forest after the Planning Assessment Commission recommended its refusal, the Government had a real opportunity to step in and permanently protect the area.
"Now there is yet another plan to dig coal out of the Ben Bullen State Forest, if the Minister does not declare the Ben Bullen State Forest and other related areas a national park, we could lose this precious environment forever.
"When I visited the spectacular stone pagodas late last year, it is very clear that this unique natural area in urgent need of protection.