Nationals & Shooters shoot down CSG prohibition bill
MEDIA RELEASE – 13 August 2015
The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today expressed his bitter disappointment, but was not surprised that the Shooters Party and Nationals have shot down a bill to prohibit coal seam gas in NSW at the second reading stage. The bill was supported by the Greens, Labor Party, Christian Democratic Party and Animal Justice Party, but the vote was lost 16 -19.
“It’s shameful that the National Party have pulled out all stops to stop this bill progressing to the Lower House by doing a deal with the Shooters Party,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“It was our understanding that the bill had cross-bench support this morning to pass in an amended form, including support from the Shooters Party. However, it seems Resources Minister Anthony Roberts has met with them during the debate and they’ve flipped their position.
“The National Party were desperate to stop a bill to restrict coal seam gas coming to the Lower House and putting some of their local members under pressure. They say one thing in their local communities, and another thing in Sydney.
“In 2011, I moved a bill to put a 12 month moratorium on coal seam gas in NSW. At that time only the Greens voted for the bill. Now, four years later we have Labor, the CDP and the Animal Justice Party prepared to support a moratorium. The movement against coal seam gas is winning and we will not give up.
“The government may be able to do deals in the parliament, but public opinion on coal seam gas cannot be dealt away. It’s clear the industry does not have a social licence and will continue to be vigorously opposed in the parliament and in the community.”