Apr 19, 2019

Galilee coal ban Bill hits stumbling block

Galilee coal ban Bill hits stumbling block

The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed a bipartisan Parliamentary Committee’s recommendation to reject legislation proposing a ban on coal mining in the Galilee Basin.

QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the legislation was written by the Greens to write off future jobs, investment, exports and royalties for all Queenslanders.

“I urge all Members of Parliament to vote against this Bill and reaffirm their commitment to the resources sector and acknowledge the 316,000 Queensland men and women working in it,” he said. 

“This sort of bumper sticker legislation is dangerous. It completely disregarded the facts that all mining projects are subject to a comprehensive environmental approval process, their operations are subject to an environmental authority and they undertake rehabilitation of the site.”

Mr Macfarlane gave evidence to the State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Industry Development Committee and made a joint written submission with the CFMEU.

The Mineral Resources (Galilee Basin) Amendment Bill 2018
Bill proposed that the Parliament:

– prohibit the grant of a coal mining lease for land in the Galilee Basin;
terminate any existing coal mining leases for land in the Galilee Basin;
amend any existing coal mining leases which overlap with land in the Galilee Basin to exclude that land;
– confirm that no compensation is payable to the mining lease holders affected by the Bill; and
– require the Mines Minister to table a report in the Legislative Assembly summarising the actions taken under the provisions of the Bill.

The QRC said the committee had recommended that the Mineral Resources (Galilee Basin) Amendment Bill 2018 not be passed and that the State Government advocate for a consistent national framework for climate change policy and emission targets.

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