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Aug 19, 2015

Call in the Green Army! Threat of ‘green lawfare’ takes down … wait … only two projects?

Is "green lawfare" really destroying our economy and way of life? Er ...

Josh Taylor — Journalist

Josh Taylor

Journalist

The government’s rush to pass a law to prevent environmental groups from challenging mining projects in the court seems to be centred around just one case — Adani’s Carmichael Mine — and is despite the fact that there is no evidence that mining companies are under attack by “green lawfare”.

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  1. klewso

    “Legislation by a government – to cover it’s own inept mess”?
    [Ever watched a cat cover it’s shit – this government obviously has, and it’s learned from it.]

  2. John Newton

    As Keith Cousins said this morning on Radio National, it’s not lawfare but fair law

  3. leon knight

    Love that last sentence – well done Mr Husic.
    Echos of Di Natale on Q&A “none of the Abbott cabinet got there on merit….”

  4. MJPC

    I hope they bring their shovels.
    It is good to see that some things remain the same, such as the Daily Telegraph’s puerile subservience to the carbon lobby.
    The government has all the usual suspects pushing this barrow; on AM this morning Eric Abetz was showing his ignorance…I note he was suspiciously quiet on the SMS sackings of the Sydney waterside workers.
    This is a test for the Labour party not to be cowed by these bullies; they could start by this government throwing the car workers on the dole queues.

  5. zut alors

    How refreshing to see ornamental snakes rather than cabinet ministers wearing hard hats. Not the same species but doubtless of the same genus.

  6. Norman Hanscombe

    Apparently by what passes in Crikey Land as ‘logic’, one can’t have valid reasons for passing ANY Law which doesn’t immediately apply to whatever number of cases Crikey Land deems ‘sufficient’.
    That’s perhaps not novel for Crikey Land, but it’s still amusingly quaint isn’t it.
    John, all’s fair in the eyes of most people providing it fits their prejudices; but Justice require somewhat higher standards than that.

  7. bruce prior

    I think you may be exaggerating the jobs created…”the project’s value is closer to $7.8 billion, and it is estimated it will create just 1464 jobs per year”… I think you may find that the 1464 is “over the life of the project” NOT “per year”. Unless of course you know that the project will generate 14,640 FTEs over 10 years of the project. The manner of your quote will delight the COALition!!!

  8. klewso

    Brandis is actually “Brand X”?

    “Legislation by a government – to cover it’s own inept mess”?

    [Ever watched a cat cover it’s “dump” – this government obviously has. Who said they couldn’t learn?]

  9. Wayne Cusick

    Norman, what Cikey are pointing out, using the Australia Institute’s analysis, is that the current law has had an insignificant impact on mining development.

    The fact of the matter is that the environmental approval by Greg Hunt, the Environment Minister, failed to properly assess all the environmental impacts.

    The fault lays with Greg Hunt – not the law.

  10. Norman Hanscombe

    Wayne, leaving aside the question of how competent Crikey Land is in presenting an argument with brevity and clarity, whatever the current Laws’ impacts are, Governments need to be constantly reassessing the impact of Laws, rather than waiting for problems to occur. If, as you assert, “The fact of the matter is that the environmental approval by Greg Hunt, the Environment Minister, failed to properly assess all the environmental impacts”, then it would be more productive for Crikey Land to be suggesting what they believe needs to be done; but that’s far more of a challenge than simply hurling attacks.
    Even if, as you say, “The fault lays (sic) with Greg Hunt – not the law”, that still doesn’t imply Crikey’s tactics are the best course to follow.

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