Within only a few short months two have already been broken in regional South Australia.
Promises were made to farmers here on Yorke Peninsula that no bill would be drafted to change the Mining Act without extensive public consultation. And that was the Libs’ main reason for not passing Labor’s bill, the lack of consultation with the public.
The second promise was to make sure any changes to the Mining Act would protect the farmers’ right to farm, a policy the Libs copied from Robert Brokenshire from the Australian Conservatives.
Both these promises have been broken.
Not only has the amended bill been compiled with zero consultation but it has also been tabled in parliament which now makes it so much harder to achieve any changes. Very few amendments have been made to the original Labor bill and none have been made to allow a farmer to deny mining companies coming onto their land and mining it against their wishes.
I am very concerned for the future of these farms and wider communities as there is not a single regional resident representating South Australia in the Legislative Council.
Robert Brokenshire was the only advocate we had, and he blocked this bill several times. Now we have no voice and no say. It looks like the mines are coming and the Liberals are already counting the money.
Rebecca Hewett, Bute