Greens urge Newman to put the climate before coal

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The Australian Greens are calling on the Queensland Environment Minister to put the climate ahead of Gina Rinehart and GVK's Alpha coal mine after the Land Court's decision today.

"Despite finding the mine will have real and "of concern" climate impacts, the court's decision proves that it's high time we change our environmental laws so that this kind of climate destruction cannot be given the green light," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.

"Our laws are just not up to scratch if they allow the biggest coal mine in the southern hemisphere to go ahead, when it will significantly increase Australia's contribution to climate change.

"The Greens are calling on Minister Powell and Minister Cripps to adopt the court's recommendations on groundwater to avoid seriously jeopardising the future of west Queensland agriculture.

"With the Bulga coal mine expansion appeal in NSW being rejected by the Supreme Court yesterday because of dodgy economic modelling, it is clear that Abbott's mates in big mining think the application process is a joke.  

"The federal and state governments are so wedded to the mining industry that they are ignoring the climate impacts and are hurrying to allow this massive project to proceed without answers for the most basic questions about impacts," Senator Waters said.