The mining industry is turning into a mine field for our nasty, self-serving politicians as years of dodgy dealings and back room hand shakes are coming to the surface.
It’s like an avalanche gaining momentum.
The head of corporate affairs for a mining company at the centre of an environmental dispute has been in charge of developing policy on the environment for Queensland’s ruling Liberal National Party (LNP) since 2012.
A donor to Queensland’s Liberal National Party has escaped possible prosecution for unlawful quarrying after a last-minute, unannounced change to the law by Campbell Newman’s government.
Among other things, the changes will make it easier for users to access Great Artesian Basin water to support development opportunities — a move that seems squarely aimed at encouraging the massive coal developments planned for the Galilee Basin.
New Hope Coal has donated more than $700,000 to the state and federal LNP since the 2012 state election in order to get this project approved.