The Planning Assessment Commission for the Mt Thorley-Warkworth Continuation Project (Warkworth Project) has requested further submissions relating to a proposal to change the State Environmental Planning Policy (mining, petroleum production and extractive industries) (Mining SEPP). The current Mining SEPP requires consent authorities to give the “significance” of a resource the greatest weight in their assessment of mining projects. The proposed amendment would revert to the earlier approach of a balance of social, environmental and economic factors.
The Australia Institute has submitted a report to the inquiry into nuclear power in South Australia has found major flaws in both economic and technological assumptions underpinning the pro-nuclear push.
“Nuclear power is not a practical option for South Australia,” Chief Economist at The Australia Institute, Richard Denniss said.
The Australia Institute made a submission to the Environment and Planning Committee of the Victorian Legislative Council Inquiry into Unconventional Gas in Victoria. Our submission addresses three myths of Australia’s unconventional gas industry:
- That there is a gas shortage
- That expanding gas supply will reduce Australian gas prices
- That gas development creates lots of jobs
Our recommendations are:
The Australia Institute made a submission to the Planning Assessment Commission for Newcastle’s Terminal 4 coal project.