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Australia's Greens Motion to Prohibit New Coal Mines in Tasmania

Coal News - Published on Fri, 18 Oct 2019

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The Advocate reported that the government has scuttled a motion from the Greens in the House of Assembly for members to support a prohibition on the establishment of new coal mines in Tasmania. The motion was sparked by Midland Energy Australia's plan to probe for coal reserves at Jericho and Woodbury. Greens environment spokeswoman Ms Rosalie Woodruff said there was no moral or economic reason to explore for coal in Tasmania. Resources Minister Guy Barnett moved an amendment to the motion for mining projects on productive agricultural land to not be supported and for continued support for existing coal mining operation in Tasmania.

Labor's David O'Byrne said there needed to be a suitable transition system in place for workers and communities reliant on coal mining. The government's amendment was carried. Ahead of the motion debate, the Greens brought a letter to Parliament signed by more than 160 groups and individuals.

However, Signatories included former Labor premier David Bartlett, former government minister Paula Wriedt, former House of Assembly speaker Andrew Lohrey and Heather Sculthorpe from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 18 Oct 2019
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