Thursday, 15 May 2014
Coal Seam Gas
I just wish to place on record my congratulations to everyone who has been to the Bentley blockade on a success this morning, in that the exploration has been suspended and the company has been referred to ICAC, as have so many other companies in New South Wales. So I congratulate the blockaders for their persistence and courage and for standing up to protect New South Wales's land and water, and all of our climate. The suspension should, of course, now be a revocation. It is just not safe to jeopardise our land and water with this risky new industry.
The motion calls upon the federal government to do more to protect water, not less—sadly, the minister, Minister Hunt, is now planning to give away the federal water protections to those very same cowboy states—and it also calls upon the federal government to give landholders the right to say no to this dangerous industry. Senators Ludlam and Rhiannon and I are very much looking forward to joining the folk at the blockade this weekend. (Time expired)