John Robertson calls on O’Farrell to immediately suspend Doyles Creek mining license

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NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson has today called on Premier Barry O’Farrell to immediately suspend the license covering the Doyles Creek mine.

This follows revelations today that two thoroughbred studs in the area could be placed in jeopardy because of the coal mining project. The Doyles Creek mine is currently the subject of proceedings before the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

• For more on the anti-corruption measures John Robertson has proposed, visit: http://www.johnrobertson.com.au/speeches-(1)/a-new-standard/

"I wrote to the Premier last November asking that he suspend the mining license at Doyles Creek – but he has refused to act," Mr Robertson said.

"The actions of a rogue Minister currently before ICAC should not have to lock the O'Farrell Government into pushing ahead with this mining licence.

"The O'Farrell Government has my full bipartisan support to pass legislation that will see the Doyles Creek mine license suspended.

"We could do this as early as Tuesday when Parliament resumes.

"I've been very disturbed by the reported comments of ICAC Commissioner David Ipp that the current license-holder may be allowed to keep the license – even if there is a finding that it was corruptly obtained.

"Nobody holding any of these licenses should profit or benefit from them – while questions remain about how they were obtained."

Shadow Minister for Planning Luke Foley said: “There is no way that the actions of a rogue Minister – who operated outside due process and without consulting Cabinet – should continue to bind the State of NSW.”

“Mr O’Farrell also has questions to answer here. The Liberal and National election policy promised no-go zones that would be off limits to coal and coal seam gas development.

“Today there are no no-go zones. The Government has refused to place a blanket over those regions that are home to crucial industry clusters – namely the horse breeding and viticulture industries.”