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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  • Liz Thornton
    signed 2020-01-20 19:07:03 +1100
    Adani are logging trees as we speak ! What is it with these governments ?
  • Gayle Davies
    signed 2020-01-20 11:11:41 +1100
  • Susan Adams
    signed 2020-01-18 13:47:18 +1100
  • Gina Tsiribas
    signed 2020-01-18 13:44:03 +1100
    Gina Tsiribas
  • Thiago Oliveira
    signed 2020-01-18 00:51:49 +1100
  • Kelvin Carlsson
    signed 2020-01-17 13:17:23 +1100
  • Julie Curtis
    signed 2020-01-16 20:36:28 +1100
  • Sally Reiffel
    signed 2020-01-16 18:22:31 +1100
  • John Paterson
    signed 2020-01-16 16:18:42 +1100
  • Ross Barrell
    signed 2020-01-16 09:29:22 +1100
  • Fiona Woodcock
    signed 2020-01-15 17:57:40 +1100
  • Barry Kissane
    signed 2020-01-15 10:36:02 +1100
  • Gillian Eades-Lefrançois
    signed 2020-01-14 15:57:41 +1100
    Gillian Eades-Lefrançois
  • Graham Johnson
    signed 2020-01-14 11:14:39 +1100
    Graham J The clever people in big fossil fuel and all big business, big government and big education are rorting the system, and all the ordinary people are in the thrall of foolish big media, so nothing can be done unless some young girl from the other side of the world says enough is enough. Put a moratorium on new coal mines for ten years. Develop a National plan that reduces coal exports by 50% in five years, without ‘compensation’ (for what?). This may be one way of sidestepping a carbon tax.

    South Australia is showing what can be done. NSW is a much larger scale, where is the plan? The private sector is already doing much to move to renewables, and on the one hand perhaps we can just ignore government stupidity and get on with it. On the other hand if the renewables are owned by the private sector at the point they go below fossil fuel economics, there will be little incentive for prices to fall and ordinary people will continue to pay relatively high prices (compared with the actual cost of the energy) Also the government Energy Authority is not being honest or very smart.
  • Anna Bowen
    signed 2020-01-12 23:10:56 +1100
    Anna Bowen
  • Harrison Rosson
    signed 2020-01-12 22:24:46 +1100
    Harrison John Rosson
  • Catherine McCredie
    signed 2020-01-12 08:16:13 +1100
  • Jess McBurney
    signed 2020-01-11 16:35:44 +1100
  • Paul Heywood
    signed 2020-01-11 13:28:48 +1100
  • Joseph Lenzo
    signed 2020-01-11 12:36:08 +1100
    NSW Government is moving to weaken the laws that require the full climate change impacts to be considered


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


    Joseph Lenzo
  • Sally Schaffer
    signed 2020-01-10 12:57:39 +1100
  • Leanne Williamson
    signed 2020-01-10 12:40:34 +1100
  • Laurence Beesley
    signed 2020-01-10 12:15:26 +1100
    Laurence Beesley
  • Chris Campbell
    signed 2020-01-10 09:57:05 +1100