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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 15 December 2016) . . Page.. 293 ..


Carmichael coal mine—proposed construction and impact on climate change

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (4.12): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) climate change impacts will have serious environmental, health and economic consequences for the ACT;

(b) the Australian Government has signed and ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change, which requires it to try and limit the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C;

(c) the Australian Government has approved the construction of the massive Carmichael coal mine and is considering providing financial support for the project through the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility; and

(d) facilitating the construction and operation of the Carmichael coal mine is radically contrary to the Government’s commitment to the Paris Agreement and the imperatives to mitigate climate change; and

(2) opposes the construction of the proposed Carmichael coal mine, and opposes the contribution of any Federal Government support to the proposed Carmichael coal mine and related infrastructure.

In 2014, the then federal environment minister Greg Hunt gave approval for mining company Adani to construct the giant Carmichael open-cut coal mine in the Galilee Basin in Queensland. Recently, the federal government’s northern Australia infrastructure facility has commenced consideration of a $1 billion loan to help pay for infrastructure associated with the mine. The motion that I am presenting today calls on—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR RATTENBURY: The motion I am presenting today calls on this Assembly to formally record its opposition to the proposed Carmichael coal mine—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR RATTENBURY: and to the use of federal funding, taxpayers’ money, to support the mine.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR RATTENBURY: This is a project that will negatively impact all of us, including the people here in Canberra. It is important that we record our opposition to the mine—


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