Bob Brown Foundation has dismissed claims by Resources Minister Guy Barnett that his granting and subsequent revoking of an unlawful mine lease to Chinese state-owned miner MMG were merely administrative errors.
"The known facts are that the mine lease was issued for a gravel mine, when no such mine is planned. That is illegal. The Mineral Resources Development Act 1995 specifically requires that the Minister must be satisfied that an ore body, capable of being mined, exists and that the applicant has submitted an adequate mine plan. Neither of those things have happened. At best, this is gross incompetence, although the evidence points to wilful misconduct by the Minister", said Bob Brown Foundation takayna / Tarkine Campaigner Scott Jordan.
"If the Minister wants to hide behind a frankly unbelievable claim that this was just an administrative error, then he should release the documentation for public scrutiny. Unless he does that the public are right to call for his sacking".
Last Wednesday, Bob Brown Foundation sought documents related to the application, granting, and revoking of mine lease 4M/2021. The Minister may choose to actively disclose this information at any time.