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Brooks Evasive on Potential Political Interference with Shree

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Tags: Mining, takayna / Tarkine, Environment

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Mining spokesperson

Mining Minister Adam Brooks still has questions to answer over potential political interference in the EPA's decision to give Shree Minerals the legal equivalent of a talking-to for breaching their environmental permit, then confirming it will help the company with a new permit. 

When he was asked a specific question about whether he or any political staff across government had any influence on the EPA's decision, Minister Brooks evaded and deflected.

After Question Time, Mr Brooks attempted to clarify that neither his staff nor his Department were involved in the EPA's response to Shree's failure to clean up its 80,000 cubic metres of acid producing waste.

His comments were not completely clear however as he did not mention himself, only his staff.

The Minister did not go to the question of whether any political pressure from outside his office may have been exerted on the EPA.

Minister Brooks cheered Shree Minerals on relentlessly for two years in the lead up to the 2014 state election. While his passion was absent today, his blind anti-environment rhetoric was as present as always.

There are still serious questions remaining about Shree Minerals being given a third chance at their operating permit to mine in the Tarkine.