Sales pitches’ gloss over impacts on agriculture

by Richard Denniss in The Northern Daily Leader
Originally published in The Northern Daily Leader on July 6, 2013

The mining industry is in the middle of an expensive new campaign to convince Australians that the growth of mining will not come at the expense of farming.

In late 2011 Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott talked about respecting the rights of farmers and about protecting arable land from mining, but rejected calls to stop the miners accessing farmers’ properties.

As towns and local communities are finding out around Australia, the reality is that you can’t have it both ways.

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