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“Victory for Tara” – message from Drew Hutton

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
I don't think it is too big a call to claim victory for the Tara blockade. The police have packed up their gear and moved out and British Gas (QGC) have all but stopped work. What finally pulled them up was that our lawyers presented QGC with a letter on behalf of the landowner complaining that they were breaching their contract with him by having road and… Read More

Drew Hutton arrested at Gas Pipeline blockade

Monday, March 28th, 2011
Drew Hutton, spokesperson for Friends of the Earth and leading campaigner for the national Lock the Gate campaign, was arrested this afternoon. In a heavy-handed police action, forty police moved on to private property to shut down the blockade camp on a landholder’s property. The landholder was unhappy with his treatment by the gas company and had invited the blockaders onto his land. Drew Hutton has refused police bail conditions that he not return to the property or nearby public roads. The… Read More

Newman’s adviser is bad news for rural communities and the environment

Saturday, March 26th, 2011
Campbell Newman is currently campaigning to win a state seat and lead the LNP to government at the forthcoming state election. ‘The current parliamentary leadership of the LNP has been distressingly half-hearted in its defence of rural communities facing gas wells and bore water contamination from a rapacious gas industry,’ Queensland Greens spokesperson… Read More

Greens call for better return on mining tax

Thursday, March 24th, 2011
Greens Leader Bob Brown today condemned the Treasurer's decision to stymie any increases in state taxes on mining. "This decision by the government to accept the Argus report is another dip into the ordinary Australian taxpayer's pocket to featherbed further the big mining corporations who export a great deal of that profit overseas. It is wrong," Senator Brown said in… Read More

‘Suck it and see’ not good enough, Minister

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
The ABC 4 Corners program on the gas rush taking place in Queensland and other states did not add anything new to the public debate but it is a useful reminder of how useless the Queensland Government’s many environmental conditions on the gas companies are. Spokesperson for the Toowoomba Greens, Libby Connors, said the government has thrown the precautionary principle out the window. ‘The Minister for Natural Resources, Stephen Robertson, expects the companies to report problems to the department. ‘Landholder Anne Bridle proved that the gas company QGC had contaminated a bore and not reported it for thirteen months, provided a description… Read More

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