Adani approval rushed?

Source: The Saturday Paper, April 13th

“The CSIRO, whose advice was cited alongside that of Geoscience Australia as the basis [for final federal government environmental approval] , says it was only responsible for answering a narrow set of questions, not giving the project’s whole groundwater plan a tick of approval. The CSIRO has revealed that the undertaking Adani gave to improve its plans, which preceded federal govenment approval, allows it to take up to two years to redesign and check its own modelling.” — Karen Middleton

The Federal government’s unusual decision to seek a dissolution of Parliament early Thursday morning meant that the Senate questioning of CSIRO was cancelled as parliament prorouged.

Environment act needs teeth

Source: Adelaide/Hindmarsh electorate meeting Sun 14th

Senator Hansen-Young (Greens) noted that environmental approval for many developments was cursory, and approval for new oil or gas mines didn’t take into account the larger picture of climate change, but just localised environmental effects. She suggested what was needed was a stonger environmental protection act which would require consideration of broader issues such as extinction level climate change.

Senator Tim Storer (Independent) agreed there was a need for strong environment legislation.