Richmond MP Justine Elliot
Richmond MP Justine Elliot Digby Hildreth

Elliot stands firm in opposition to CSG

NORTH Coast MP Justine Elliot's opposition to coal seam gas will not change, despite Prime Minister Kevin Rudd intimating he could hand environmental regulation to the state government

Mr Rudd on Thursday spoke to the National Press Club, outlining a plan for a new "productivity pact" with business leaders.

A key prong of Mr Rudd's plans included a "new approach" to Commonwealth environmental laws governing coal seam gas and other mining projects.

Mr Rudd said changes could include removing the "multiple and conflicting environmental assessment requirements", alluding to the handover of environmental regulations to the states.

"Surely it lies within our wit and wisdom to begin by integrating the assessment procedures and reports as present separately mandated by the Commonwealth and the states," he said.

That handover was abandoned last year by former prime minister Julia Gillard, but since Mr Rudd took the helm, he has reopened talks with key business leaders on the issue.

The Prime Minister's comments also align with similar plans by the Coalition to create a "one stop shop" for environmental approvals, should the Opposition win government.

But Mrs Elliot said Mr Rudd "did not at any time mention coal seam gas mining" in his address.

"My position is very clear. I stand with the community and oppose coal seam gas mining on the North Coast," she said.

Mrs Elliot said she did not support a handover of environmental regulation to the State Government.


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