Minister should suspend all mining arbitrations after admission the system is broken

MEDIA RELEASE – 15 April 2014

Coal mine verticalThe Greens NSW spokesperson mining Jeremy Buckingham today welcomed the NSW Governments announcement of an independent review into mining arbitration arrangements and called on the Resources and Energy Minister to suspend all ongoing arbitrations until the review and the government’s response is concluded.

“This is an admission by the government that the current mining arbitration system is broken and the Minister must immediately suspend all ongoing arbitrations until the review and the government’s response is concluded” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“The Greens have been calling for comprehensive reform of arbitration for some time and welcome this announcement.

“The guiding principle for the review must be that when it comes to land access arrangements, landholders and the environment must be in no worse off condition as a result of the exploration and mining.

“The cost and risk of land access, arbitration and exploration must also be borne wholly by the mining companies.

“We must also remember that this review is no more than tinkering at the edges and that a fair and proper process will not be in place until the government stands up to the mining lobbyists and enshrines in legislation the right of landholders to say no to mining on their land.”

Contact: Jack Gough – 9230 2470 or 0427 713 101

Here are the arbitration review terms of reference for anyone looking to make a submission: Arbitration ToRs

Submissions on the land access arbitration process can be lodged until 23 May 2014, by emailing arbitration.submissions@trade.nsw.gov.au

 

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