Tell Barry O'Farrell: Time for a Full Inquiry into the Coal Mining 'Rum Corps'

Tell Barry O'Farrell: Time for a Full Inquiry into the Coal Mining 'Rum Corps'

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Today, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has handed down a damning report on corruption in the allocation of coal mining leases by former Minister Ian MacDonald. It exposes the dark underbelly of the whole management of coal mining in NSW - communities are locked out, back room deals are done, and mining companies get their way.

According to ICAC, corrupt behaviour led to three new exploration licences being granted to coal mining companies at Bylong and in the Hunter Valley.   But the mining projects proposed in these areas are still going full steam ahead.  It's time for Barry O ...

Today, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has handed down a damning report on corruption in the allocation of coal mining leases by former Minister Ian MacDonald. It exposes the dark underbelly of the whole management of coal mining in NSW - communities are locked out, back room deals are done, and mining companies get their way.

According to ICAC, corrupt behaviour led to three new exploration licences being granted to coal mining companies at Bylong and in the Hunter Valley.   But the mining projects proposed in these areas are still going full steam ahead.  It's time for Barry O'Farrell to cancel the corrupt coal licences.

This problem is also far more widespread than the few examples that have been investigated by ICAC.  What we need now is a broad inquiry into the approval processes for coal mining in NSW and urgent reform to bring transparency and genuine public consultation into this process.

However, this week Barry O'Farrell moved to weaken controls on coal mining even further. He plans to make it almost impossible for any authority to reject a major coal mine application –  regardless of impacts on water, health or communities - through changes to the state mining policy to make 'development of significant mineral resources' the primary consideration of decision-makers, trumping all other issues. 

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Send a message to Barry O'Farrell and John Robertson - enough is enough!

The NSW Government must fix the corruption-riddled mining approval process, launch a full inquiry and cancel all tainted exploration and mining licences.

Send the email below to the Premier, the Leader of the Opposition and the minor parties that hold the balance of power in the NSW Parliament.  It tells them that you have lost faith in the management of the coal industry, and that action is needed to stop ...

The NSW Government must fix the corruption-riddled mining approval process, launch a full inquiry and cancel all tainted exploration and mining licences.

Send the email below to the Premier, the Leader of the Opposition and the minor parties that hold the balance of power in the NSW Parliament.  It tells them that you have lost faith in the management of the coal industry, and that action is needed to stop any opportunities for this sort of corruption in the future. 

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