5 September 2016
Government MPs tried to prevent me from speaking about the impact of climate change in Parliament when I raised concerns about coal mining and coal seam gas. Rapid mining expansion is unsustainable and putting our food, water, biodiversity and health at risk. We need exclusion zones to ban mining on or adjacent to productive agricultural land, water catchments and the waterways that feed into them, high conservation value land and towns. Mining companies should not be able to avoid rehabilitating sites, leaving the community to make good.
The Victorian Government has taken bold steps to prevent destructive fracking and coal seam gas exploration and mining in order to protect farmland and a moratorium on new conventional gas extraction until July 2020. NSW also needs to act. My speech is HERE.