Labor should state position on mining the Liverpool Plains. Kevin Anderson should debate

MEDIA RELEASE – 29 January 2015

With the decision on the Shenhua Watermark coal mine imminent, the Greens NSW mining and agriculture spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham has called on NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley to state  Labor’s position on coal mining on the Liverpool Plains.  He also challenged the Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson to a debate about coal mining the Liverpool Plains – anytime, anywhere.

“Whether or not we allow coal mining on the best agricultural land in Australia, is an important strategic and political question and all parties should make their position clear before the election, that is now less than 60 days away,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

“Huge decisions like the Shenhua Watermark and BHP Caroona coal mines, are political decisions and politicians should not be hiding behind planning bureaucrats.

“I challenge the Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson to a debate.  Anytime, anywhere, before the election – let’s go.

“What has Mr Anderson done to protect the farmers, land and water of Liverpool Plains from the imminent threat of coal mining?  It’s time to front up Mr Anderson.

“Luke Foley needs to tell voters exactly what Labor’s position is on coal mining our best agricultural land?  It was corrupt NSW Labor Mining Minister Ian Macdonald who granted the exploration licences over the Liverpool Plains.

“The Greens believe coal mining should be totally prohibited on good agricultural land and our policy would enshrine this protection in the law.

“The National Party have dilly dallied and made excuses for four years now, while these mines creep closer to approval.  They are failing the people of the Liverpool Plains.”

Contact: Max Phillips – 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916

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