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EDO Qld corrects mistaken view by GVK Hancock

30 August, 2013

Environmental Defenders Office Qld today responded to an article by Andrew Fraser in the Australian headed Galilee exports delayed until 2017. 

Jo-Anne Bragg, Principal Solicitor said today "Paul Mulder of GVK Hancock seems to have misunderstood the Queensland legal process."

"EDO Qld is not an objector to the proposed Alpha mine. EDO Qld is a community legal centre representing  a community group who lodged an objection, Coast and Country Association of Queensland Inc. In the same way that Allens are lawyers for  Hancock Coal, EDO Qld are lawyers for Coast and Country," she said.

"There are four other individual objectors to the proposed mine. Issues in the case raised by objectors to be debated in the Land Court include impacts of the proposed mine on groundwater, impacts of the proposed mine on climate change and economic impacts of the proposed mine.

"Unlike GVK Hancock, objectors generally cannot afford private legal assistance. That is why in the interests of access to justice, community legal centres such as Environmental Defenders Office provide legal advice to  disadvantaged clients, both urban and rural, on public interest environmental issues.

"The Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus and the Shadow Attorney-General George Brandis both support provision of legal assistance to disadvantaged citizens in the interests of access to justice."