ALP Minister Andrew Fraser claimed on Twitter on 16 January 2012 that his government ‘legislated the mining company’s rights away last year’. (See right.)
Andrew Fraser is wrong. The Bligh government extended sand mining on North Stradbroke Island.
Minister Vicky Darling also claimed on 612ABC radio on the 16th and 17th January 2012 that her government wanted to end sand mining on Stradbroke Island. Members of the Bligh government have consistently attempted to argue that they have stopped sand mining on Stradbroke Island.
Vicky Darling is wrong. The Bligh government extended sand mining on Stradbroke Island and then adopted a policy of ‘staged’ National Park concept which allows areas to be destroyed by sand mining before they are made National Park. In reality the government has adopted the sandmining companies policy for staged National Parks on North Stradbroke Island.
The Government has blatantly misused taxpayer funded advertisements to falsely claim North Stradbroke Island was ‘Protected from mining’ (see below).
VICKY DARLING’S MISLEADING MEDIA RELEASE (part)
The Honourable Vicky Darling
Bligh Government gets it right on Straddie – where is the LNP?
Environment Minister Vicky Darling said mining company Sibelco had nothing to do with determining which areas of North Stradbroke Island to protect …