Queensland undermines its own mine policy

The Queensland Coordinator General has recommended Pembroke Resources' new Olive Downs coal project be allowed to leave three un-rehabilitated pit voids on the Isaac River flood plain after the mine closes.

The decision completely undermines a key element of the mine rehabilitation reforms passed by the Queensland government last year, which promised to ban final voids on floodplains. The government assured the public the reforms would stop mining giants leaving behind contaminated hypersaline pit lakes on floodplains because the environmental risks to precious rivers are too great.

The proposed mine would create 13 open-cut pits over the course of the project. Ten pits would be completely backfilled, but three final voids would be left, covering around 10% of the project site.

Pembroke Resources estimated it would cost $3 billion to backfill the final voids to ground level, making the project economically unviable.

A song not lost (post-election blues)

Our good Earth is red and black and brown

And fresh grass will always be green

White chalk washes off in the rain

And the sun shines down on us all

While there is air for us to breathe

I sing back to life an indivisible soul

And find in our good Earth’s fertile ground

The seed of our common goal

Walking together in dark times

To the brink of an unknowable fate

Sharing our path, our purpose, our pain

On the edge of madness still lies the dawn

For the grass will forever be green

While the Earth is red and black and brown

And white chalk washes off in the rain

While the sun shines down for us all

Watch your language

This election win for the Establishment is the expected result that comes from “manufacturing consent” through the use of propaganda in some covert media campaigns.

We must take control back over our narrative or forever be silenced. We must not allow ourselves to be directed by corporate media monopolies. Because their fundamental nature is to be self-serving, which is completely at odds with democracy.

We must demand better media regulation that does not permit political lobby groups or parties to disguise themselves as independent media outlets. There is an important difference between an opinion piece and a news report on the facts. Journalistic integrity demands the difference must be made clear and maintained as a standard protocol.

The Australian people are not idiots and they are not wholly selfish but they have been lied to and they need to know the truth, they deserve to know the truth.

Scientists call for action from new government

More than 60 scientists and experts have signed an open letter to the next Parliament of Australia, calling for the government to make urgent action on climate change a top priority for the 46th Parliament of Australia.

Prominent signatories of the open letter include: Nobel Prize winners Professor Peter Doherty AC and Dr Sue Wareham OAM, former Australian of the Year Professor Fiona Stanley AC, former Chief Scientist for Australia Professor Penny Sackett and many of Australia’s leading scientists from disciplines including climate change, health, economics, energy, and finance, including Professor Hilary Bambrick, Professor Will Steffen and Professor Barbara Norman.

Coal mines are draining Sydney’s water

A WaterNSW submission to the ongoing Independent Expert Panel into Mining in Sydney’s Catchment has highlighted the destructive impact coal mining is having on the Sydney Water Catchment Area.

It called for curbs on two big coal mines in Sydney's catchment, saying millions of litres of water are being lost daily and environmental impacts are likely breaching approval conditions.

Alarmingly, the submission stated: “Environmental consequences from mining in the Special Areas are greater than predicted when the mining was proposed and approved.

“Some of these environmental consequences have caused (or are likely to cause) breaches of conditions in the relevant development consents, including performance criteria to protect watercourses and Sydney’s drinking water catchment.”

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