Coal seam gas mining has been cemented as a major electoral issue that shifts votes after the NSW election on Saturday, said Lock the Gate Alliance, and the NSW National Party should respond accordingly.
Lock the Gate Alliance says the NSW election result shows voters in many regional electorates reject coal seam gas and have handed the Government a mandate to protect communities and water resources from mining.
Lock the Gate Alliance president Drew Hutton said he “supported wholeheartedly” all 20 of the recommendations of the Select Committee on Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration related to Commonwealth Government Affairs.
Mr Hutton called on the ALP to reverse its opposition to recommendations calling for a moratorium on new coal seam gas approvals, a Royal Commission into the human impacts of CSG mining, and the ban on fracking in Queensland.
World Water Day highlights sustainability problems
World Water Day on Sunday should give us pause for thought here on the driest continent on earth. But here in Queensland, preference is still given to mining and coal seam gas enterprises with limited life, over the long-term need to save our precious water resources and the most productive agricultural land.
Presently farming communities have no protection of the most productive agricultural land from urban and infrastructure development, mining and coal seam gas projects. This land will be lost forever, as will the farmers, at a time when such land should become even more precious. In other words, sustainability has taken a back seat to social and commercial use.
Graziers in Queensland's remote Channel Country are calling for permanent, statutory protection for rivers, wetlands and floodplains.
"As far as we know, life can't exist without water,” said Dr Bob Morrish of the Cooper's Creek Protection Group, "It's entirely reasonable, sensible and logical to have laws in place to protect this most essential of all resources. It's irresponsible not to.”