OPPOSES MINE: Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce is standing firm.
OPPOSES MINE: Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce is standing firm. MICK Tsikasaap

Joyce chooses not to resign over coal mine

BARNABY Joyce has rejected suggestions he should resign over the Federal Government's approval of a coal mine in his electorate.

The Agriculture Minister says he has done all he can at the federal level to stop the mine on the Liverpool Plains in his New England electorate and is urging the New South Wales Government not to grant it a licence.

He rejected suggestions from independent Senator Jacqui Lambie and Labor to resign over the matter.

Mr Joyce said the ultimate decision to approve the Chinese-owned Shenhua Watermark mine remained with the NSW State Government and his resignation would not impact the approval.

"That would make a lot of sense (to resign) if I was in state government - the final approval lies with the state government," he said.

"What's the point of doing it if it doesn't achieve anything?"

Mr Joyce said he would also oppose the coal mine if it was on prime agricultural land outside his electorate.



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