Media Release: TASMANIAN MINING MINISTER ORDERED TO PROVIDE MORE INFORMATION

BOB BROWN FOUNDATION SECOND COURT FIGHT TO DEFEND TAKAYNA FROM WASTE DUMP

In the Supreme Court of Tasmania, Bob Brown Foundation is, with Scott Jordan and Courtney Hayes, challenging the Tasmanian mining Minister’s 31 January 2022 gift of a questionable mining lease to the Chinese government-owned miner MMG in takayna to facilitate its proposed heavy metals tailings waste dump. The Foundation also has a Federal Court battle against the Federal Environment Minister’s approval for destructive works in Tasmania’s takayna world heritage value forests.

Today in Tasmania’s Supreme court was the first return date of the case against the Minister for Mining who has made a questionable decision to grant MMG an unnecessary mining lease over a public road in takayna / Tarkine.

“Our Foundation wanted an order that the Minister makes full disclosure of all the documents relating to the decision. The Minister opposed that and was overruled by the Judge, who made an order that Minister Barnett provide an affidavit about all the documents relating to the decision,” Jenny Weber said.

“Today, Minister Barnett expressed necessity for this court proceeding to be heard promptly because of ongoing protests. Bob Brown Foundation is challenging the granting of a mining lease over Helilog road, covering 6.5 kilometres on a public road in a public forest outside miner MMG’s proposed tailings dam site,” Jenny Weber said.

“This lease doesn’t facilitate the proposed tailings dam. Its purpose is to prevent the public from protesting and even seeing what ancient forests will be lost if this highly contentious destruction goes ahead. This government is hell bent on allowing the desecration of this globally significant wild and fragile rainforest, but it wants to do it away from the public gaze and protected from the citizen’s right to protest,” Jenny Weber said.

The Assistant Solicitor-General represented the Minister and Chinese government-owned MMG was represented by Tasmania’s former Solicitor-General Michael O’Farrell SC.

The case has been adjourned to 25 May at 11 am.

 


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  • Adam Burling
    published this page in Media Releases 2022-05-04 16:16:35 +1000