Member for Widebay , and potential new Deputy Prime Minister , Warren Truss , gave WBBEC coordinator Emma- Kate Currie and GMA President Tanzi Smith, a strong commitment that the Coalition would not alter the powers of the EPBC ACT 1999 , and yet both his colleauges, Shadow resources Minister Ian McFarlane and Shadow Environment Minister Greg Hunt , don’t agree with him.
McFarlane said this , “Coalition resources spokesman Ian Macfarlane says that the new law, even with Windsor’s amendment, “contains nothing to prevent” the Coalition from proceeding with its stated policy intention to hand over environmental assessments to the states, including for gas wells, under strict standards set by the commonwealth.’ http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/30/coalition-coal-seam-gas-law
Hunt said this , “Coalition environment spokesman Greg Hunt said if the party won government in September, one of his first acts would be to reopen negotiations to hand over the approvals powers to the states.”http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/news/coalition-would-reopen-negotiations-environmental-/1877818/
Pretty clear evidence that Warrens ‘committment’ has a certain ‘elasticity ‘ about it , so how does that bode for the future of the MNES of the Mary catchment ?
Basically it implies that the Mary Valley and the resource rich Maryborough Basin deposits of High grade coking coal , CSG and Shale gas , which underpin Warren’s electorate , will be accessed , as the federal coalition hands the decision making powers for assessment , over to the Multinational Mining sector , as we have seen proven by the 4 Corners report on ‘dodgy brothers inc’ , AKA the QLD Coordinator Generals assessment capabilities.
If Warrens Party win the election , Traveston Dam , can’t be ruled out , as it would provide water for acessing the Maryborough Basin coal and CSG .