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LNP Newman Government threatens climate and Reef with latest mega mine approval


The Australian Greens have condemned the Newman Government’s approval of Clive Palmer’s massive coal mine in the Galilee Basin.

“This coal mine would rip up the Bimblebox Nature Refuge – an 8000 hectare remnant patch of native woodland, which serves as an invaluable habitat refuge for native wildlife, including the endangered Black Throated Finch,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.

“This is the third massive coal mine that the Newman Government has approved in the Galilee Basin – two for Gina Rinehart and now one for Clive Palmer.

“The three mega coal mines would significantly increase Australia’s contribution to global climate change, producing 100 megatonnes of coal every year. That’s seven times more than the amount produced by Australia’s current largest coal mine and more than one and a half times Queensland’s total annual emissions.

“What’s more, the masses of coal produced would be exported through the Great Barrier Reef, turning this World Heritage Area into a shipping super highway.

“Clive Palmer’s mine and one of Gina Rinehart’s still need federal approval but unfortunately both the old parties have the sorry track record of approving every single coal or coal seam gas project that has ever come before them under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

“We need more Greens in the Senate to provide an alternative voice and to stand up to the big mining companies for action on change and the protection of the Great Barrier Reef for future generations,” Senator Waters said.

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