Protect Our Laws from the coal lobby

The back drop is this: at a state and national level, the coal industry is effectively writing Australia’s laws.

Under unprecedented pressure from the coal industry, the NSW Government is moving to weaken the laws that require the full climate change impacts to be considered in the assessment of new coal mines.

Changing these laws would not only undermine New South Wales’ standing in fighting climate change – it would send Australia further backwards at a time when our reputation is already at a low point. As we know, coal emissions do not stop at state or national borders.

The Australia Institute has launched a statewide television commercial to promote our research and send Premier Gladys Berejikilian and the NSW Parliament a clear message – don’t put coal over climate.

Australia Institute research shows coal mined in NSW causes more carbon pollution than France or the UK, and almost as much as Australia’s total annual emissions.

We need the NSW Parliament to protect the laws that protect us. Any changes to these laws would be a dangerous step of political interference and undermine the independent process used to assess the overall impact of new coal mines.

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Weakening the laws that require the full climate change impacts to be considered in the assessment of new coal mines is a dangerous backward step and flies in the face of combating dangerous global warming.

If NSW is genuine about its own goal of net zero emissions by 2050, this legislation should be abandoned.

Buckling to the coal lobby on this matter sets a terrible precedent for Australia's democracy.

We urge you to stand up to the coal lobby and protect the laws that protect us.

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  • India Nicholson
    signed 2020-09-16 09:46:06 +1000
  • Philip Riddett
    signed 2020-06-27 16:53:56 +1000
  • Adisson Ruiz
    signed 2020-06-09 09:39:19 +1000
  • Wayne Hart
    signed 2020-06-08 15:37:58 +1000
  • Judy Blyth
    signed 2020-05-27 12:19:42 +1000
    Judy Blyth: I think our fossil fuel driven response to Australia’s strategy on climate change is shameful and immoral. Life on Earth is at stake but politically we have misguided leaders who succumb to the influence of coal, gas and oil industries. These leaders fail to understand or attend in depth to the science-backed strategies needed. We have not got time for this delaying.
  • Lisa Corsi
    signed 2020-04-09 17:13:02 +1000
  • Andrew Bridson
    signed 2020-04-05 19:29:56 +1000
  • Brendan Martin
    signed 2020-04-04 16:39:25 +1100
  • Pamela Bates
    signed 2020-03-30 14:42:36 +1100
  • Barry Thompson
    signed 2020-03-29 15:22:01 +1100
    We have to expose these backroom deals every time. Liberal or Labour, they both sell Australians out. The Nats are too stupid even to rate.
  • Jenny Forster
    signed 2020-03-28 18:33:55 +1100
  • Liz Thornton
    signed 2020-03-28 07:26:35 +1100
    Why are we not seeing the opposition talking on T.V much ?
  • Peter Moore
    signed 2020-03-25 07:34:15 +1100
    Please don’t abrogate your responsibility to my and your children and grandchildren and the countless generations that follow. We are the custodians of the planet for future generations. Please let’s leave them a better one, not one crippled by the climate change we bequeathed them
  • Marie Flood
    signed 2020-03-23 17:11:57 +1100
    In addition to withdrawing the territorial limits Bill the NSW government should impose a moratorium on the assessment of the Narrabri Gas Project. They has broken their promise to implement the Chief Scientist’s 2015 recommendations on coal seam gas, so the assessment should be stopped now to protect the Great Artesian Basin, the Pilliga forest and food production in the North West. Instead Rob Stokes is pushing the IPC to hurry up the assessment in spite of there being no way to hold a public hearing for the foreseeable future.
  • Christopher Gil
    signed 2020-03-22 08:32:06 +1100
  • Eddie Laird
    signed 2020-03-13 23:41:38 +1100
  • Ian McNicol
    signed 2020-03-11 16:04:37 +1100
  • Isabel Wheeler
    signed 2020-03-11 10:11:18 +1100
    Isabel Wheeler
  • Max Mosig
    signed 2020-03-08 08:10:41 +1100
  • Alan Lovell
    signed 2020-03-07 22:45:19 +1100
  • Bruce Thomson
    signed 2020-03-06 15:26:16 +1100
  • Maeve dorward
    signed 2020-03-06 15:26:05 +1100
  • Chris Campbell
    signed 2020-03-06 15:22:54 +1100
  • Kim Gould
    signed 2020-03-02 22:12:56 +1100
    Kim Gould
  • David Vallon
    signed 2020-03-02 21:44:46 +1100