Aus­tralia may im­pose curbs on green dis­sent

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

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.

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