LNP’s rush to pass Bills illustrates why we must take Senate inquiry seriously

The LNP’s rush to placate big mining companies in State Parliament last night is more evidence of why Queenslanders must take the current Senate inquiry seriously.

The State Government’s proposed changes to the Water Reform and Other Legislation Bill favour mining companies over landholders and farmers, giving them unrestricted water use without the need for a water licence.

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Infrastructure NSW findings should spur Hunter mining water reform

Lock the Gate has welcomed the prioritisation of water security in the Upper Hunter by Infrastructure NSW in their Infrastructure Strategy Update today, saying it confirms findings the of the Alliance’s own report, “Unfair Shares,” released earlier this year that agricultural industries in the Hunter Region are being made vulnerable to drought by the increasing dominance of coal mines in the ownership of high security water.

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Why the earth rumbles at Hopeland: coal seam gas

A serious explosion at a water bore in Queensland shows farmers and communities should be very concerned about coal seam gas, despite government and industry reassurances to the contrary.

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Inquiry hears evidence of political donations, gifts & mine approvals

Good governance in Queensland was being perverted by the mining industry, which showered gifts on senior bureaucrats and provided them with private jobs, President of Lock the Gate Drew Hutton said today.

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Premier Pushes Fast-tracking of Mining and Gas Projects

Lock the Gate Alliance has condemned the proposal to fast-track approval for mining and gas projects declared ‘state significant’ in NSW, and the associated plan to crack down on communities who dare to protest against the damage caused by mining.

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