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Abbott Government backtracks on CSG promise in Senate

Media Release
Larissa Waters 14 Nov 2013

The old parties today opposed a Greens' Senate motion calling on Tony Abbott to keep the promise he reportedly made to a Tara resident less than two weeks ago that nobody should be forced to have a gas well on their property.

"Tony Abbott continually says one thing in the bush on CSG and another in Canberra," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

"It's hypocritical to visit a mother who has valid concerns that nearby CSG wells are making her children sick and, by her account, make a promise that your own Senators won't acknowledge in Parliament.

"Tony Abbott went to the election with a policy that farmers should have the right to say no to CSG on their land and, constitutionally, there's nothing to stop the federal government from delivering on this.

"But Tony Abbott hasn't done anything to give landholders that right, despite saying they should have it when he's in the bush and in his election policy - in fact his party consistently votes against Greens' moves to grant landholders the rights they deserve to protect their land from dangerous CSG.

"Once again today, Mr Abbott's Senators, including the Nationals, voted against holding the Prime Minister to his promise and his election policy, and continue to deny landholders the right to say no to CSG.

"Sadly, as well as the Nationals once again caving in to their Coalition partners, Labor also opposed the Greens' motion, again confirming that the Greens are the only major party standing with the community against CSG," Senator Waters said.


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