The West Australian Government continues plans to sell off the farm to a mining industry dominated by greed and exploitation
The Government of Colin Barnett has again moved to bypass or neutralize checks and balances on the rapacious mining industry. ( search Barnett/Moore on this site for related articles )
The tragedy is that mainstream ( corporate interests ) media reports are full of stories of approval delays and bureaucracy in W.A. allowing the Barnett Government to claim they “have to act”
Meanwhile our environment and world heritage are being scarred and decades of mining and Government promises of improving life for traditional landowners are a tragic joke…the life expectancy for a male aborigine is 37.
The answer to delays in approvals is not to remove the much needed scrutiny, but to spend a tiny bit of the billions in mining royalties on properly resourcing a totally independent review process.
What are you afraid of Mr Barnett – accountability on both bureau management and sustainability?
Media statement from Robin Chapple MLC
for the Mining and Pastoral Region
13 August 2009
Norman Moore’s environmental reforms will put Dracula in charge of the blood bank, say Greens.
Norman Moore has proven himself an enemy of environmental accountability
, Greens (WA) MLC Robin Chapple said today.
“Mr. Moore’s industry-backed working group is seeking to reverse three decades of progress in environmental protection measures.” Mr Chapple said.
“This is completely unacceptable for a State which was one of the first places in the world to introduce an environmental protection agency.”
Mr. Chapple was commenting on the Jones Report released by Mr. Moore’s Industry Working Group yesterday.
He said that while he recognised the need for reform of the current approvals process, the diluting of environmental assessment was a retrograde step.
“Some of the report’s recommendations – namely the stripping of the EPA’s environmental impact assessment powers – make for frightening reading.”
“Handing environmental assessment powers to the Minister for Mines and Petroleum is like sending Kim Jong Il to inspect his own nuclear arsenal.”
The WA community and many miners want stronger, not weaker environmental protection measures, Mr. Chapple said.
“I welcome any move to grant the EPA departmental status, but without approvals power over mining proposals it will be a hollow department indeed.”
“What Western Australians deserve is an authority that delivers strong environmental protection and allows the mining sector to know where it stands regarding its environmental obligations.”
“These recommendations do neither. They weaken environmental accountability and do nothing to sort out the under-resourced, confused approvals process.”