Australian Mining Minister Pledges To Block Protection For Millions of Fragile Lands If It Would Limit Mining

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JONATHAN TURLEY

Marmion,+Bill+(web+small)170px-Iron_hydroxide_precipitate_in_streamWe have been discussing the horrific environmental record of the administration of Prime Minister Tony Abbott. This includes the decision to dump millions of tons of waste into the Great Barrier Reef. The move that led to international outcry including official condemnation from UNESCO. Much of the criticism has been directed at Abbott putting industry officials in charge of environmental decision-making with predictable results. This week saw the latest such controversy after Western Australia mining minister, Bill Marmion (left) declared categorically that official protection of the Great Western Woodlands, the largest remaining temperate woodlands in the world, will not be supported if it impinges on mining. Period.

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