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Senator Waters: Coal Seam Gas motion (28 February 2013)

1. The Senate notes that:

a) Coal seam gas is a high risk industry that poses unacceptable risks to our rivers and groundwater, agricultural lands and natural environment, and our communities; and

b) Since becoming Australia's environment minister, Minister Burke has not rejected a single coal seam gas project, rather multiple enormous coal seam gas field developments across Queensland, and most recently in Gloucester in New South Wales despite significant community concerns about the health and environmental impacts of this new industry.

2. The Senate calls on the federal Government to:

a) Protect Australia's rivers and groundwater, agricultural lands and natural environment, our communities and the world's climate and stop this new, high risk industry.

The Greens were the only party to support this motion in the Senate.

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