Guest Post: Brad Emery – Greens leader’s fantasy speech a job killer.

I often wondered where Greens politicians go on their winter break from Parliament. Well at least I now know where Greens Leader Christine Milne chooses to holiday: New Zealand.

Yes, I am certain Milne travels to rural North Island of New Zealand to spend time touring the sets of Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, immersing herself in the sights and sounds of Middle Earth.

She must, because the speech she presented to Federal Parliament on her first week back was the stuff of pure fantasy. It’s bad enough that many Greens supporters look like they walked straight out of Mordor, but Senator Milne’s speech on her job-destroying Bill to abolish the diesel fuel rebate for the mining sector would have caused the great Tolkein himself to cry ‘that’s just bloody ridiculous!’

The Greens Mining Subsidies Legislation Amendment, seeks to remove the diesel rebate for the mining industry. The Bill’s central platform is to abolish the diesel fuel rebate because ‘…since the carbon price repeal, mining companies no longer pay a cent in tax for their fuel, compared to ordinary Australians who pay 38 cents per litre.’

The fuel excise was introduced in the 1950’s to generate revenue guaranteed to be spent on the upkeep and improvement of our nations’ roads.

The diesel fuel rebate acknowledges the fact that heavy mining vehicles do not operate on public roads, but in underground and open cut operations. They cause no wear and tear on our roads and are therefore exempt from the tax.

The fact is that mining in Australia does not operate within a vacuum. We compete for limited mining investment with overseas jurisdictions in South East Asia, India and the Americas. Over the last 12 months mining in Australia has been battered by low commodity prices and a stubbornly high Australian dollar.

If the diesel fuel rebate for mining was abolished, the added cost burden would send a shockwave through the domestic mining sector.

Thousands of jobs would be lost as mining operations down-sized or closed. The flow on effect would see thousands more jobs lost in industries that service the mining sector. Mining royalty revenue that helps pay for services like hospitals, schools and roads would be slashed. One of the pillars of economic stability in this country would be significantly weakened.

This reality is somehow lost on the Greens Leader. Therefore, here within is a dissection of the Senator’s fanciful recitation from start to finish, along with the facts she so eloquently ignores.

Paragraph 2: “Supporting mining and fossil fuels puts them at a huge advantage compared to other sectors of the economy.”

Mining doesn’t compete with other sectors of the economy. In fact, mining stimulates economic activity in a vast array of other industries from manufacturing, hospitality, accounting, law, transport, and health. In NSW alone, there are 10,000 businesses from a range of sectors who engage with and supply NSW mining, from mechanics in Western NSW to component manufacturers in Western Sydney.

Paragraph 3: “As a nation… we should be increasing Newstart, not condemning people to poverty.”

Across Australia nearly 244,000 workers and their families rely on mining for their livelihood. It’s estimated that for each mining job, three additional jobs in other industries are supported. With potentially thousands of jobs being lost as a result of the Greens proposal, how does cutting the fuel rebate prevent people being ‘condemned to poverty’? If anything it increases the chances of more people being forced into financial hardship.

Paragraph 4: ‘We can do all these things and more, like bringing dental care into Medicare for everyone, by standing up to the big mining companies, and big banks and demanding a fairer contribution to the whole community.’

How exactly does job losses and a sharp decline in mining royalties ensure a ‘fairer contribution’ for the community?

For example, as a result of the fall in commodity prices, the high Australian dollar and the number of mines operating in NSW declining by 11 in the last 4 years, mining royalties in the state are falling. Between 2011-12 and 2013-14 mining royalties in NSW have fallen by $100 million.

If the Greens proposal were adopted, this would be magnified exponentially, resulting in even less public resources for services like Medicare. It would be like putting two jockey’s on a Melbourne Cup hopeful and demanding it run faster.

Paragraph 6: ‘If mining companies didn’t get so much government assistance, then renewable energy would be more competitive.’

‘Pants on fire’ doesn’t quite cover this nonsensical claim.

Firstly, in its annual Trade and Assistance Review, the Productivity Commission found that the effective rate of government assistance to the mining industry in Australia is ‘negligible’.

More to the point, renewable energy sources are not competitive compared to coal and gas for the simple reason that they cannot provide the same base load power supply required to meet our society’s power needs. The current renewable energy sources available require too much land and simply don’t produce enough power.

For example NSW’s largest wind farm near Bungendore has 67 wind turbines that take up 35 square kilometres of land. The entire wind farm produces enough electricity to power 60,000 average homes a year.

At the time of the 2011 census, there were 2,864,531 private dwellings in NSW. So to power only the private dwellings in NSW solely using wind power – not taking into account heavier users of electricity like factories, schools, hospitals etc – NSW would require another 47 wind farms similar to the Capital Hill project.

This represents land use of 1,670 square kilometres – twice the size of Tonga.

By contrast, total mining in NSW accounts for just 630 square kilometres or 0.1 per cent of NSW land.

In fact, the land required in the Capital Hill example to power just the private dwellings in NSW, is almost the exact land use of all current mining operations across Australia – 1,676 square kilometres.

But surely the Greens offer something valuable in exchange for the thousands of lost jobs, the ocean of families forced onto Newstart and the drastic reduction in government services their Bill would leave in its wake?

The answer stands out like a vegan at Hungry Jacks in paragraph 5: “This Bill could counter Abbott’s cruel budget by saving cuts made to ABC, SBS and CSIRO…’

That’s right; Senator Milne is more than happy to let thousands of mining families go to the wall, so that Tony Jones can take Q&A on even more overseas junkets. The Greens would rather see the ABC, their political haven – the left wing, anti-Israel, anti-mining, anti-capitalism, anti-anything that doesn’t contain the word ‘socialist’, ‘alliance’, ‘climate’ or ‘change’ in its title – given more taxpayer funds than see food on the table of hard working mining families across the country.

Paragraph 14: ‘The Greens believe in a safety net that will prevent people from crashing into poverty and homelessness when they are facing difficult circumstances.’

Following the Greens’ proposal would relegate thousands of families to the bread line. As mining investment heads overseas and operations in Australia close, an economic tsunami would sweep our regions and our cities, sinking thousands of jobs across a broad range of industries. Power prices would soar as energy is imported to supplement inadequate domestic renewable electricity generation. Government spending would be slashed as billions in mining royalties disappear, instead filling the tax coffers of our international competitors.

Paragraph 16: ‘I commend the Mining Subsidies Legislation Amendment (Raising Revenue) Bill 2014 to the Senate.’

Based on job-destroying policies like this, let’s hope the Greens continue their electoral downward spiral from the last federal election, and are themselves commended to the political rubbish bin of history.

Brad Emery is Director of Media for the NSW Minerals Council

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56 Responses to Guest Post: Brad Emery – Greens leader’s fantasy speech a job killer.

  1. Notafan

    No-one could better represent the greens than Christine Milne.
    If they are still looking for a new name I would suggest the buffoon party.

  2. Dianne

    Fair points all -

    However, it behooves industry to now cut costs & streamline across the board to cover the loss of government subsidies.

  3. Badjack

    If she is immersing herself in middle earth and hobbits I think she had to go into central Otago in the SI.
    Thats were the real hobbits live.

  4. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    However, it behooves industry to now cut costs & streamline across the board to cover the loss of government subsidies.

    Just for those who didn’t seem to read the article properly –

    “Firstly, in its annual Trade and Assistance Review, the Productivity Commission found that the effective rate of government assistance to the mining industry in Australia is ‘negligible’. “

  5. Notafan

    Milne isn’t taking this far enough, mining companies should be taxed on their gross income and not get any tax deductions at all, that way they might actually leave Gaia alone.
    People can’t eat coal or iron ore or nickel or any of that nasty mining stuff, you know.

  6. Andrew

    Thanks Brad – I think you’ve been too soft on the Lemonsucker. That fairly modest rebuke does not even approach the level of loathing that should be hurled at her on a day that her drone Grublam got up in the Sen8 to basically support ISIS being left alone to commit genocide in peace (a position so repugnant that even the ALP couldn’t side with them for the first time in years).

    One minor correction to your article – the Lemonsucker actually holidayed in Sri Lanka, not Middle Earth. She spent 6 weeks supporting the Rajapaksa Tamil-murdering regime before heading home to suggest that we accept refugees fleeing that evil.

    (And yes, I did spot Mrs Numbers missing the point of the whole article and referring to the fictional “subsidy.”)

  7. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Bravo! Bravo!
    [wild applause]

    Very well said indeed.

    Now, counter-attack. List all the greenfilth subsidies including the ALPBC, and demand their repeal.

    For the children

  8. Leigh Lowe

    If she is immersing herself in middle earth and hobbits I think she had to go into central Otago in the SI.
    Thats were the real hobbits live.

    There’s a good reason why New Zulland was chosen for the hobbit movies.
    Three million willing extras – no make up or costumes required.

  9. jupes

    Good stuff Brad.

    Don’t wait up for your invite to the ABC to discuss this though.

  10. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    (And yes, I did spot Mrs Numbers missing the point of the whole article and referring to the fictional “subsidy.”)

    I’m a wheatgrower for a living – well, as much as a living as it is possible to make these days. The Diesel fuel tax credit is the ONLY form of tax relief I get, and I will bet my shirt on the fact that, once the tax credit is removed on the mining industry, you can guess who will be next.

  11. Can someone, anyone get a politician to read this in the Senate.

    I’ll pay someone to do it. David L, i’ll stump you 5 large to read this in the Senate.

  12. blogstrop

    The short summary of da Greens: un-Australian, enemies of the people, a living testament to the dysfunctional Senate system in this country.

  13. Talleyrand

    Please tell me Brad Emery, when you are Q&A next with Christine Milne?
    I look forward to a balanced argument, you with the facts and real figures based in real contributions to the economy, and Milne with her self rightious emotion and pure feeling.

    In any case you know it will never happen as Tony Jones would cut you off.

    Perhaps you should have presented this to the Sydney Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Lol

  14. Shy Ted

    There cannot possibly be any mirrors in Christine Milne’ house. She looks hideous these days. Does she have a dog and is taking on it’ appearance?

  15. Matt

    Supporting mining and fossil fuels “renewable” bollocks puts them at a huge advantage compared to other sectors of the economy

    Fixed it for her.

    Are they really that knowingly hypocritical and intellectually fraudulent? (Yes.)

  16. jupes

    David L, i’ll stump you 5 large to read this in the Senate.

    LOL. That clown just formed a voting block with Milne, Lambie and Xenophon.

  17. Winston

    Christine Milne’s whole aim in life involves destroying the mining industry, along with the provision of cheap and reliable electricity. There is little point trying to argue to her that this is a logical end result of her political policies.

  18. 132andBush

    I’m a wheatgrower for a living – well, as much as a living as it is possible to make these days. The Diesel fuel tax credit is the ONLY form of tax relief I get, and I will bet my shirt on the fact that, once the tax credit is removed on the mining industry, you can guess who will be next.

    Spot on. As I’ve said before, the Greens have as much in common with primary industry ( be it mining or agriculture) as a brick does to aerodynamics.

    They are a disgusting example of the detritus that our society can vomit up.

  19. 3d1k

    Good to see this. Greens are rank hypocrites.

    Is it Jobs Not Greens or Greens Not Jobs?

  20. 70s Playboy

    On behalf of my father who worked his whole life designing mine lifts – F@#k the Greens.

  21. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    As I’ve said before, the Greens have as much in common with primary industry ( be it mining or agriculture) as a brick does to aerodynamics.

    132andBush!!! For shame!!! Don’t you know Senator Milne claims to know all about agriculture, because her father was a dairyfarmer in Tasmania….I will concede that that does give an insight into broad acre wheat farming about as much in common as, oh I don’t know, a brick with aerodynamics…

  22. 70s Playboy

    And on behalf of one of my oldest friends who is kept to the style to which he has become accustomed by his wife working for one of Australia’s largest mining services companies – F#@k the Greens

  23. 70s Playboy

    And on behalf of anyone who has used anything useful in the last 100 years because of the fruits of mother Gaia that we wrest from her loins – you get the theme…

  24. 70s Playboy

    Great piece Brad by the way

  25. Tekweni

    Don’t gulp a red! It’s not fun going up your nose! But it’s what I have just done after reading this. Economic suicide. Does dead eyes have absolutely no idea how an economy runs? Nearly as stupid as that idiot Richo who I have been half watching on Paul Murray. Both dick heads.

  26. None

    The shorter summary of da Greens: Death and Taxes

  27. Ivan Denisovich

    Coal, in particular, targeted in orchestrated campaign:

    The strategy has six elements:[15]

    1) Disrupt and delay infrastructure.

    2) Constrain the space for mining.

    3) Increase investor risk.

    4) Increase the cost of coal-mining.

    5) Destroy the image of coal as being the backbone of the economy, particularly by painting it as threatening global climate.

    6) Build a movement to win larger victories over time.

    RTWT

    http://www.newsweekly.com.au/article.php?id=5122

  28. Ivan Denisovich

    3) Increase investor risk.

    Jonathan Moylan.

  29. Econocrat

    Can someone please tell that fuckwit Marxist Christine Milne that Section 53 of the Australian Constitution specifically prevents the Senate introducing Bills that impose taxation or increase a burden or charge on the people.

  30. Myrddin Seren

    Thanks Brad

    Great to see the NSWMC get seriously in to the battle of ideas.

    But the situation in NSW for miners is somewhere between grim and desperate, so there is pretty much nothing to be lost by tackling the swampies and wearing the inevitable flak from their allies in the Media Party.

  31. Percy

    Nice article Brad.

    since the carbon price repeal, mining companies no longer pay a cent in tax for their fuel, compared to ordinary Australians who pay 38 cents per litre.

    There was two ways for her to go from here. Oppress the mining companies to an equal extant to that of ordinary Australians, or free ordinary Australians to the same extant as the mining companies. No surprise which way the lemon sucking watermelon went.

  32. Spider

    Christine’s vision for Australia is an economy based on the sale of organic vegetables and those jams with the little checkered hankies around the lid.

  33. JohnA

    It’s hard to find hard stats on how much this “subsidy” is per annum.

    We have
    a) the Conservation Foundation railing at “$2Billion (and rising)” as at May 2012
    b) the Greens themselves claiming it’s $5.1 Billion as reported by the Herald Sun
    c) ABS stats (4649.0.55.001 – Energy Statistics, Australia, 2001-02 LATEST ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/12/2003) say the Mining industry used 2037ML of diesel and 37ML of petrol in 2001-02 (TABLE 5. END-USE FUEL CONSUMPTION, by industry, Australia, 2001-02)
    [well that's really up to date - NOT]
    d) finally found Taxation statistics 2011–12 Table 3: Excise Fuel tax credits scheme – claims paid, by fine industry, 2006–07 to 2012–13 financial years an XL spreadsheet that shows Mining industries as identified therein $2.136Billion for 2012-13, so the page title is out of date but the data seems OK, and the ACF would score the Q&A prize for closest to the mark :-)

    So a Billion here, a Billion there and soon it starts to add up to some real money, right?

    And the Senator wants to kill an industry just for that? Sheesh! If her brain was parked in the Simpson desert it would be indistinguishable from the surrounding terrain…

  34. Andrew

    I will bet my shirt on the fact that, once the tax credit is removed on the mining industry, you can guess who will be next.

    Of course. You’re being “subsidised” because the govt doesn’t tax you for the privilege of creating export dollars and food security. While you’re harvesting, if you have a break even year you don’t pay ANY TAX AT ALL for the privilege of working!

    Mind you, I suspect I might be next before you. I am subsidised by the AUS taxpayer as well, as I don’t pay the diesel fuel tax either. ( I don’t have a diesel vehicle, never have – so I’ve been subsidised all my life and should therefore pay back taxes when they remove my inequitable subsidy.) You KNOW it makes sense!

  35. gabrianga

    Side bar. Milne and her Greens are SUPPORTERS of Australian Aboriginal Rights until the Aborigines agree to exploration/mining on designated Aboriginal land( approx 50% of NT)

    About time the Latter Day Luddites, led by Christine, were put out to pasture.

  36. 132andBush

    ZK2A

    I forgot about her rural roots. Very remiss of me.

    I’m having great visions of her being shat on while milking in a herringbone shed!

    How is your season going by the way? Very good here but we have all copped a minimum of 10% loss in wheat crops thanks to a severe stem frosting about five weeks ago which also wiped out a lot of early canola. Would be great to have another inch before grain fill but we will get something even if it doesn’t.

  37. Tintarella di Luna

    If they are still looking for a new name I would suggest the buffoon party.

    What about the Grimms’ party?

  38. JohnA

    Tintarella di Luna #1436618, posted on September 2, 2014 at 7:30 am

    If they are still looking for a new name I would suggest the buffoon party.

    What about the Grimms’ party?

    I thought the first had been assigned to the Palmer set?

    But “party” also carries connotations of jollity and camaraderie, and I detect none of that whatsoever among the Greens.

    So maybe drop “party” and just call them “the Grimms” ??

  39. Tel

    The fuel excise was introduced in the 1950’s to generate revenue guaranteed to be spent on the upkeep and improvement of our nations’ roads.

    And when I say “guarantee” that’s “literally” a “promise”.

  40. Tel

    Mining royalty revenue that helps pay for services like hospitals, schools and roads would be slashed.

    I thought fuel tax paid for the roads. It was a guarantee. Now you’re just confusing me.

  41. Tel

    Based on job-destroying policies like this, let’s hope the Greens continue their electoral downward spiral from the last federal election, and are themselves commended to the political rubbish bin of history.

    The problem that the Greens are having is about half of then genuinely believe in the environment, while the other half find it a useful cover to promote socialism and central planning. Unfortunately, these are not compatible… none of the centrally planned economies ever delivered a good environmental outcome.

    The only way to resolve this is to split the party and reconsider priorities. Providing free dentistry to all Australians might be nice, but it has nothing whatsoever to do with the environment. There will in places be genuine trade offs between human expansion and environment… building a farm necessarily implies the same land cannot be forest. That’s a trade off we have to deal with, but central planning is not the way to do it.

  42. So when I had my yacht, how come I paid a 10 cents per liter premium for diesel (over service station prices) at the moorings? I’m sure I never sailed it on a road.

  43. I’m a wheatgrower for a living – well, as much as a living as it is possible to make these days. The Diesel fuel tax credit is the ONLY form of tax relief I get, and I will bet my shirt on the fact that, once the tax credit is removed on the mining industry, you can guess who will be next.

    Your planet raping tractor habits should no longer be subsidised by the taxpayers. Time it was brought to an end.
    That and all your other subsidies and handouts and….er.. stuff.

    Your role in the AWB scandal will be brought under closer scrutiny too. As will your role in animal cruelty. (Mulesing, crutching, shearing, earmarking, castrating, branding, rodeos, running over kangaroos with your specially designed “roo bars” purpose fitted to your $100,000 4WD).

  44. Myrddin Seren

    Tel

    The only way to resolve this is to split the party and reconsider priorities organise a putsch and have the squishies liquidated.

    We are dealing with Lee Rhiannon – graduated magna cum laude from the Lenin Institute.

  45. So when I had my yacht, how come I paid a 10 cents per liter premium for diesel (over service station prices) at the moorings? I’m sure I never sailed it on a road.

    Same reason earthmovers have to pay the exicise on every litre they put into a Bulldozer or Scraper.
    Stupid isn’t it?

  46. .

    I’m sure I posted in support of this last night.

    I’ve argued very similarly with the same metrics (I guess the same Input Output modeling was used) and would like to thank Brad for this hard hitting, factual piece.

    At a minimum, we need to agitate for the removal of the PRRT and excise tax, and to make property rights secure so the greens cannot use them as a reason to stymie mining investment.

  47. .

    jupes
    #1435944, posted on September 1, 2014 at 8:38 pm
    David L, i’ll stump you 5 large to read this in the Senate.

    LOL. That clown just formed a voting block with Milne, Lambie and Xenophon.

    Clueless as ever.

    http://www.ldp.org.au/index.php/policies/1164-taxation

    Policy

    The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) aims to:

    Substantially cut taxes.
    Ensure that no government in Australia increases its overall tax take.
    Ensure limited government, responsible budget management, and a decentralised federation.
    The LDP will seek to:

    Limit the federal government to defence, immigration, basic public services (eg passport services, regulation of hazardous materials, air and sea transport regulation), and assistance to the least well off.
    Stop all transfers from the federal government to other levels of government, including grants from the pool of GST revenues.
    With the associated savings, cut federal taxes by more than half, through:
    lifting the tax free threshold to $40,000, cutting personal tax rates to a flat 20%, and cutting the company tax rate to 20%; and
    abolishing tobacco, alcohol and fuel taxes, import tariffs, carbon pricing and mineral resource rent taxation.

  48. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Your role in the AWB scandal will be brought under closer scrutiny too.

    I used to sell wheat through them, and was a supporter of the “single desk” – is this the reason my telephone sound odd these days?

  49. David

    She looks hideous these days. Does she have a dog and is taking on it’ appearance?

    As the [self] appointed legal representative of Dogkind you can expect an 18C blister for that Shy Ted. However I believe she had a bit part as one of those ugly buggers in Lord of the Rings.

    :-)

  50. *whirrr**click* Wake up Johnno and get the headphones on, there’s a call being placed from one of our monitored lines, Wacktillyablynd 42-K is calling the exchange. Start listening for trigger-words. Anyway, how do you dial a phone that has alphabet as part of their number?
    Seems he’s ordering trucks to haul away some cast for age weathers, likely this is an attempt to remove climate change denial evidence of some sort, better alert comrade Flannery immediately.
    Now he’s smoothly segued from talking of wethers to talking of sheep, you gotta keep alert when listening in on these types, they’re slick.
    Sounds like he’s going to try moving sheep in the same trucks as the weathers. He’s definitely up to something. Lynn White over at Animals Australia will want to be accross this one, better call her so she can mobilise someone at the servo to photograph all the animals that get trampled during transport.
    The use of diesel fuel will interest Comrade Christine, she’ll want to mobilise some local troops to get out there & blockade the road so the smog-spewing planet destroyers can’t get through. Try to find somewhere for her choppers to land while you’re at it, coz no one is going to want to travel all that way by 4wd station wagon.
    Hang on, he says he’s talking from the shed, that’s gotta be a coded reference to shearing. Better make your first call to Lynn at Animals Oz, she’ll need to move fast to get someone undercover into Rawson TeKowai’s shearing team, to videodocument the blood & guts, the sledgehammer blows to the head, and various other shearing cruelties.
    Now the sonofabitch is mentioning log fires and Scotch whisky. Holy mackerel he’s going to enter a world of activist pain. Smoke, pollution, and look up the West Oz branch of the locavore activist movement, they’ll be interested in him shipping liquor all the way from Scotland.

    Still no mention of his role in the AWB matter, or of his support for Saddam…… We’ll just keep listening.

  51. James In Footscray

    We need the diesel fuel rebate because ‘mining in Australia does not operate within a vacuum. We compete for limited mining investment with overseas jurisdictions in South East Asia, India and the Americas. Over the last 12 months mining in Australia has been battered by low commodity prices and a stubbornly high Australian dollar’.

    Sorry mate, that sounds like protectionism. The retail sector, for example, ‘does not operate in a vacuum’, it ‘competes with overseas jurisdictions’ and it has been ‘battered’ by online competition. Shall we offer Myer and David Jones some subsidies as well?

  52. The Diesel Fuel Rebate should not exist.
    Off-road users should not pay it. The “pay now – be rebated later” is a recent twist.
    Why should off-road users be forced to make an interest free loan to the Commonwealth?

    James in Footscray (as a side note) seems to have somehow come up with the idea that it is a subsidy.
    It is not a subsidy. It is an interest free loan from farmers to Canberra.

  53. Sean Fitzpatrick

    Next time she visits here in NZ can she please take Russel Norman back home with her? Cheers.

  54. Tel

    Same reason earthmovers have to pay the exicise on every litre they put into a Bulldozer or Scraper.
    Stupid isn’t it?

    The people who build the roads must pay the tax… otherwise who would build the roads? Duh!

  55. WhaleHunt Fun

    Subsidy?
    Since when has the inability of some fucking lowlife scum supporter of terrorists and people who use nail clippers to cut pieces off little girls genitals, to steal money off you become a subsidy? Its like saying that the Green’s mates in Rotherham aren’t rapists because there were brief periods when some pakistani refugee wasn’t humping them.
    Anything less than total taxation is a subsidy to the dribbling cretins that call themselves the Greens.

  56. Agree it is a no brainer to deride the Greens attitudes to resources – but what could be more of a worry is the constant shifting of mineral exploration goalposts in NSW in favour of landowners. The State Govt does not seem to realise that they hold the mineral rights for the benefit of all NSW people.

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