FARMER APPROVAL: Coalition resources spokesman Ian McFarlane says the Opposition’s policy on mining companies is: “You don’t extract coal seam gas and you certainly don’t mine this sort of country, unless the farmer says you can”.
FARMER APPROVAL: Coalition resources spokesman Ian McFarlane says the Opposition’s policy on mining companies is: “You don’t extract coal seam gas and you certainly don’t mine this sort of country, unless the farmer says you can”. Bev Lacey

No mining entry without permission

OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott has backed farmers fighting mining companies, saying miners should not be allowed to enter land without the permission of landholders.

Mr Abbott told radio station 2GB he "absolutely" backed the sentiment expressed by Coalition resources spokesman Ian McFarlane at a recent farmers rally in southern Queensland.

At a Basin Sustainability Alliance rally on Cecil Plains a fortnight ago, Mr McFarlane said the Opposition's policy was "that you don't extract coal seam gas and you certainly don't mine this sort of country, unless the farmer says you can".

In a speech to the rally, Mr McFarlane said if farmers did not want mining or CSG companies entering their land to exploit resources, "that's what everyone should abide by".

Mr Abbott told host Alan Jones on Friday "miners should not go onto farms if they're not wanted. It's very wrong and they shouldn't be going on to land where the landowners don't want them."

Mr McFarlane's comments were welcomed by BSA chairman David Hamilton, who said it was encouraging Mr McFarlane believed landholders "should be able to choose not to have CSG wells on their property".

But he said the reality was Queensland property owners had no legal power to stop CSG companies accessing their land.

Although Mr Abbott backed Mr McFarlane's comments, he did not guarantee the Coalition would introduce it as policy.

Would you be more likely to vote for a party if it gave farmers a veto over mining?

This poll ended on 12 May 2013.

Current Results

Yes

65%

No

9%

My vote is already decided

24%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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