Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said:
"The Australian Electoral Commission for 2012/2013 shows that donations from mining companies to the federal Coalition increased by 60 per cent in the lead up to the federal election.
"In 2012/2013 the total donations were approximately $311,600 while in 2011/2012 the donations were approximately $191,000.
"Gina Rinehart's two companies Hancock Coal and Hancock Prospecting in 2012/13 donated $163,130 to the Coalition and Labor which includes $99,880 to the Nationals.
"Hancock Coal and Hancock Prospecting is set to make massive profits from new coal terminals at Abbot Point in Queensland.
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon is currently at a massive protest at Leard State Forest in North West NSW where 15 machines have been immobilised and work on the controversial Maules Creek mine has been prevented.
150 people, including traditional owners, local farmers and environmentalists, have gathered to call on Environment Minister Greg Hunt to stop the development of the mine.
“Today's action demonstrates people power and resilience. The number of people willing to give up their time to prevent the Maules Creek Mine from going ahead is inspiring.” Senator Rhiannon said.
NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has congratulated protesters at Maules Creek coal mine for commencing action today to prevent critically endangered woodland and endangered wildlife from being bulldozed.
"The protest is taking place at the edge of Leard State Forest which will be devastated as a result of increased mining in the area," Senator Rhiannon said.
"Maules Creek is one of three monster mines which, along with the Boggabri and Tarrawonga coal mines will result in bulldozing 4000 of the 7500 hectares of the old growth forest, which includes 34 threatened species including koalas, and several Endangered Ecological Communities.
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham called on the government to immediately cancel the Doyles Creek mining exploration license which ICAC has found was only granted for the purpose of benefiting his mate, John Maitland and was subject to false and misleading information.
Greens NSW MP John Kaye welcomed the termination of the Cobbora coal contract but warned that further privatisation of the electricity industry would undermine jobs and the environment.
Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon has warned the Gillard government against using a deficient ARTC study released today to shirk its responsibility to carefully consider the health impacts of coal dust.
By Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens
How do we build an economic system that serves the needs of people and nature, both for today and for tomorrow?
The economy is a tool; a tool we humans invented – like democracy and politics – to help govern our relationships between each other, and between ourselves and the world we live in. If our economic tools are not getting the outcomes we want, making us happy, safe, healthy, better educated and fulfilled and protecting and preparing our country for an increasingly uncertain future in a world on track to be 4 degrees warmer, then it is time our economic tools changed.
- Contact Details: email@example.com
- Event Dates: Tue, 11 Sep 2012 6:30pm - 8:30pm
- Location: Sydney CBD
- Venue: Macquarie Room, NSW Parliament, Macquarie Street Sydney
The NSW community is under siege from mining and gas exploration that seems to have no bounds. Today there is not a single place in NSW where you can live and be guaranteed mining and gas development will not be allowed.
More than 25 councils across NSW have now passed motions against coal seam gas (CSG) mining in their local government area. Some motions declare a moratorium on coal seam gas, others are focussed on security of water issues, others request NSW government for consultation and transparency on plans before mining is approved.
And his next campaign is saving the Kimberley – a fight he likened to the legendary one to save the Franklin River in Tasmania in the 1980s.