Monday, 19 June 2017
I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 356 standing in my name for today relating to the Adani Carmichael coalmine.
I move the motion as amended:
That the Senate call on the Federal Government to:
(a) Add a 'suitable person' test on Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility;
(b) strengthen the environmental history test under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999; and
(c) review Adani’s approvals for the Carmichael mine under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The northern Australia investment act 2016 and investment mandate already require reputational consideration when assessing any funding application. Australia's national environmental laws, including the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 already represent a strong approach to environmental protection and enable the minister to have regard to the environmental history of a proponent when making decisions related to approval. Processes, including the courts, which are well used by green activists, already exist and are frequently used in our well-explored review processes.