Lock the Gate sit-in demands a fair-go for farmers
MORE than 100 landowners and supporters are staging a sit-in at Parliament House, Canberra, calling for Federal Government action to give landowners a fair go against mining giants.
The protest follows both major parties voting down legal changes to give farmers the right to say no to mining.
A poll released earlier this week showed 86 per cent of people support giving landowners the right to refuse access to miners.
"The current expansion of coal and gas mining across the country is one of the gravest threats Australia has ever faced as a nation," Lock the Gate Alliance president Drew Hutton said.
"While new laws passed yesterday to assess water resources are welcome, we are disappointed that both major parties voted against giving farmers the right to say 'no' to mining, leaving them to fend for themselves when the mining giants come knocking.
"We've come here today to ask the Federal Coalition to give landowners a fair go by supporting a legal right to say no to coal and gas mining and acting to strengthen Federal laws around mining rather than weakening them as they have foreshadowed."