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Labor set to break its promise and follow Newman plan to let mining companies suck up groundwater

Media Release
Larissa Waters 30 Sep 2015

The Greens condemn moves by the Palaszczuk Government to stick with the Newman Government's plan to give big mining companies free water at the expense of the environment and agriculture.

Qld Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and mining spokesperson, said:

"Pushing ahead with Campbell Newman's plan to let big mining companies suck up as much groundwater as they want for free, without community rights to object, would be a shameful breach of an election promise from Labor.

"Our environment and farmers depend on our precious water resources, especially in these times of drought.

"Giving big miners an automatic entitlement to suck out as much water as they like, without even needing to consider the impact on the environment or other water users through environmental impact studies, would be environmentally negligent.

"Letting big mining companies take as much water as they want will deplete water resources in the Reef's catchment, reducing the amount of fresh run-off into coastal ecosystems, thus increasing the concentration of pollutants.

"Labor campaigned at the election on saving the Great Barrier Reef but in government it has attacked our Reef from every angle.

"The Palaszczuk Government is pushing ahead with the Galilee Basin mega coal mines and the and Abbot Point coal port, even pouring taxpayer money into studies for the dredging.

"And by delaying reversing Newman's cuts to vegetation protection it has overseen a spate of panic clearing, reducing the quality of water running into the Reef.

"Queenslanders wanted a change of government and will be deeply disappointed that there's little difference between the big parties when it comes to putting big mining companies above the Great Barrier Reef and agriculture," Senator Waters said.


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