Australia may impose curbs on green dissent
Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will consider reviving predecessor Tony Abbott's proposal in 2015 to block environmental activists from stymieing major projects. Turnbull made the statement after Australian media reported about a foreignfunded group of activists working to stop the US $16 billion Carmichael coalmine in Queensland by influencing Aboriginal land owners. India's Adani group is developing the coal mine. During Abbott's regime, Australia's Attorney General George Brandis had talked about repealing Section 487 (2) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act that allows any Australian citizen or resident who has engaged in conservation activities to bring a legal challenge to government environmental decisions.