Second reading speech - Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Bill 2018

I spoke in parliament about the mining rehabilitation bill, and the amendments it requires. 

Michael's speech on Wednesday 14 November 2018 Labor's mining rehabilitation bill (Mineral and Energy Resources (Financial Provisioning) Bill 2018). The Greens supported the Bill, but moved amendments to fix the huge loopholes which give existing mines automatic approval to leave behind toxic final voids. The Greens' amendments would: - Make sure no coal mine in Queensland can ever leave behind toxic final voids, waste rock dumps or tailings dams (known as “non-use management areas”). - Abolish the loopholes which give existing mines automatic approval for non-use management areas and which exempts them from public notification and comment. - Abolish the gag-clause which completely excludes the financial assurance scheme from the Right to Information Act against the advice of the Information Commissioner.

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