LABOR’S CSG MORATORIUM BILL TO CALL THE NATIONAL PARTY’S BLUFF

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Labor Leader in the Legislative Council and Shadow Minister for Industry, Energy and Resources, Adam Searle MLC today continued his campaign for a moratorium on coal seam gas (CSG).

Mr Searle delivered a second reading of his private members bill, ‘Coal Seam and Other Unconventional Gas Moratorium Bill 2015’

The Bill sets out in full the commitments Labor made before, during and since the 2015 March State election regarding coal seam gas activities in this State.  

There should be no further development of this industry until all recommendations made by the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer in September 2014 are fully implemented and the industry is proven to be safe to water acquifers, the community and environment. 

In addition, there should be permanent "no go" zones including core water catchments, residential areas, National Parks, wetlands, critical industry clusters and prime agricultural land.

The Northern Rivers of NSW and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area will also be permanently protected under Labor's sensible legislation. 

The second reading will be a divisive issue for Coalition Members as Nationals will be forced to choose between party alliances or the interests of the people who put them into Parliament. 

There has been unrest in the National Party’s quarters since Parliamentary Secretary for the North Coast, Chris Gulaptis, and the Hon Ben Franklin MLC both spoke out in Parliament for the need to ban CSG on the north coast of NSW. 

Despite their prior vocal support, both members have since gone quiet as the rest of the Nationals Party follows the path of its leader, Deputy Premier Troy Grant. 

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Industry, Energy and Resources Adam Searle 

“The Baird Government is moving ahead with its ‘Gas Plan’ with no consideration to the potential risks of CSG highlighted by NSW’s Chief Scientist.” 

“NSW Labor has heard the concerns of people across the state, those in the Northern Rivers and other CSG affected areas who are gravely concerned about what CSG will mean for them and their communities.” 

New medicines are rigorously tested before being released on the community, and are only allowed once they have been proven to be safe. The same approach should apply to industries, including coal seam gas."  

“The Nationals need to make a choice. They either support their own communities or they bow down to their Liberal Party masters in Macquarie Street.”

 

“This bill is the sensible approach to CSG. Until we know more about the potential risks of CSG, NSW should not be forced down the Baird Government’s deceptive garden path.”