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EDO LawJam4: Spying, Prying, F.O.I.-ing - Friday 28 Feb 2014

10 February, 2014

If you missed this presentation at the Woodford Folk Festival, here’s your chance to catch it in Brisbane!

  • Fri 28th Feb 2014, 5.30pm (for 6:00 start) - 8.00pm,
  • New Farm Library, 135 Sydney St, New Farm

Three presenters – Jo Bragg (EDO Qld), Margie Barram (researcher) and Peter Marquis-Kyle (Conservation Architect) – will take you spying and prying in free and legal ways to explore how to counter the misinformation marketed to ‘greenwash’ destructive activities.

Jo will discuss public rights of access to information using the example of the proposed China First mega-mine in the Galilee Basin which would destroy Bimblebox Nature Refuge. Jo will highlight public rights concerning information on the federal approval of the project, as well as remaining public rights to object to the mining lease and environmental authority under Queensland law.

Margie will share her research showing that mineral sands mined from North Stradbroke Island are used primarily in white paint, contrary to the impression given by mining company SIBELCO.  In handing out sunscreen to tourists in 2013, SIBELCO representatives gave the misleading impression the minerals from Stradbroke were necessary for production of sunscreen.

Peter will describe community efforts to protect the house ‘Belvedere’ in South Brisbane, which was destroyed by fire although it looked like the campaign had succeeded. This led to a new campaign for local councils to have increased powers to look after heritage buildings.

Because it’s a Friday night, we invite you to stay afterward to continue the discussion and enjoy some light tapas with us.

The LawJam is free but please RSVP via edoqld@edo.org.au or ph 07 3211 4466. As places are limited, please let us know if you find you are unable to attend, so we can offer your place to someone else.

Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) gives a strong legal voice to the environment when needed most.