Green lawfare hits projects worth $65bn

Original article by Dennis Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 6-Mar-20

The Institute of Public Affairs claims that 28 projects between 2000 and 2019 were delayed as a result of action by activist groups using section 487 of the federal Environment Protection Act. The IPA claims that these projects have a combined value of more than $65 billion. They include Adani’s $16.5 billion coalmine in Queensland, a $140 million port in the Northern Territory and a $30 million salmon farm in Tasmania. Kurt Wallace from the IPA claims that 94 per cent of the cases instigated by activists under s 487 failed to bring about any significant change to the original project.

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INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS LIMITED, ADANI MINING PTY LTD

‘If those projects don’t go, Qld is finished’

Original article by Mark Ludlow, Misa Han
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 20-Aug-15

Townsville mayor Jenny Hill is leading community support for the Adani coal mine, which is bogged down in litigation brought against the $A16.5 billion development by environmental activists. Townsville was hoping to be a hub for fly-in, fly-out workers. "We need the jobs," Hill said as Queensland businesses also threw their weight behind the mine, which will supply coal to India.

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ADANI ENTERPRISES LIMITED, TOWNSVILLE CITY COUNCIL, POLLARD PLANT HIRE, QUEENSLAND. DEPT OF THE PREMIER AND CABINET

The long wait for Adani

Original article by Phillip Coorey, Mark Ludlow, Primrose Riordan
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 : 20-Aug-15

Attorney-General George Brandis has challenged the Australian Labor Party (ALP) to support workers instead of the green movement in repealing section 487 of the Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act. It is the section which has allowed activists to tie up mining projects, such as the giant Adani coal mine in Queensland, in the courts. Brandis said passing the repeal through the Senate was a matter for the ALP, not the Australian Greens or crossbench senators.

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AUSTRALIA. ATTORNEY-GENERAL’S DEPT, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, QUEENSLAND. DEPT OF MINES AND ENERGY, FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA, ADANI ENTERPRISES LIMITED, PALMER UNITED PARTY, MACKAY CONSERVATION GROUP INCORPORATED, ASSOCIATION OF MINING AND EXPLORATION COMPANIES, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE ENVIRONMENT

High cost of ‘green tape’ to economy

Original article by Annabel Hepworth
The Australian – Page: 19 : 18-Aug-14

A new study has been commissioned from BAEconomics by the Minerals Council of Australia. The special interest group will argue that the research shows so-called green tape will hold up developments that could otherwise add some 69,000 jobs to the economy by 2015, unless state and federal governments act to reduce the bureaucratic burden. The Department of Employment recently also forecast that 16,000-plus workers would be made redundant in the half-decade to 2018 in the areas of exploration as well as metal ore and coal mining, after 106,700 positions had been created in the previous five years

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MINERALS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF EMPLOYMENT, BAECONOMICS PTY LTD, ORIGIN ENERGY LIMITED – ASX ORG, BG GROUP PLC, QUEENSLAND GAS COMPANY LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION