Senate debates

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Questions without Notice


2:21 pm

Photo of Mathias CormannMathias Cormann (WA, Liberal Party, Minister for Finance) Share this | Hansard source

that Senator Di Natale raises in relation to Zambia were assessed and considered by the department of the environment, and the department of the environment and the minister are satisfied that, with the strict environmental conditions that have been imposed, this project should proceed. It's a high-quality project and a great example of our capacity in Australia to balance environmental protection with important economic development, and job creation where that can be done. What I would also say is that opening up the Galilee Basin to boost the production and export of coal—better coal out of Australia than is available in other parts of the world, from an environmental point of view—is manifestly in the interests of the people of Queensland and the people of Australia. We'll continue to support this very important project.


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