Qld Minister rips into plan to stop mine objections

QUEENSLAND'S Mines minister has criticised the Liberal National Party for "ripping the rights away" from people, labelling its policy of restricting objection rights to stop mining projects as "not the way forward".

The Commonwealth Government has proposed removing the ability for environmentalists to challenge mining developments, unless they can prove they are "directly affected" by the move.

That was in response to the Federal Court decision to set aside the approval of Adani's Carmichael mine after a challenge from the Mackay Conservation Group, which has led to the federal government accusing green groups of "vigilante litigation".

This is despite, according to The Australia Institute, just 27 of the 5500 projects referred to the Federal Environment Minister for approval having been the subject of third-party legal appeals under federal environment laws.

Anthony Lynham, who oversaw Labor overturning similar laws put in place by the previous LNP administration, said he did not believe it was the way to move forward.

Read more at Brisbane Times


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