Law Reform · Access to Justice

Last Chance to Save Your Rights

10 October, 2014

The removal of public objection rights to Queensland's biggest mines under the cover of darkness is set to come into force later this month.

Send an email now, using our easy example, to implore the government not to strip away your rights.

Last minute midnight amendments to section 632A of the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Act 2014 made on 9 September were contrary to repeated assurances from Minister Cripps that public objection rights would remain for major mines.

Mr Cripps stated: "Only proposed low impact mines which meet specified criteria will no longer be subject to potential objections to an environmental authority." (Rockhampton Bulletin, August 7).

This breach of the public's trust comes without consultation and is unfounded, as objection rights have always been used responsibly in Queensland. 

Rights to make a submission on an EIS -which can be brushed aside- are weak compared to rights to object to the independent Land Court. The Act, and its ambush amendments, have yet to commence.

We ask that you please join EDO Qld in requesting that the act does not commence.