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Ban on Thermal Coal Mines
Type of vote: Motion (Final Motion) - final vote
Wednesday, 16 October 2019
|Labor, Liberals, Ogilvie||Greens|
That the House:—
(1) Does not support mining developments on productive agricultural land where it is not in the State’s best interests.
(2) Continues to support the existing coal mining operations in Tasmania, which employ more than 200 people directly and indirectly and supports the local Fingal Valley and Railton communities.
(3) Notes the Government has neither granted, nor has been asked to grant, any coal mining leases in in the Southern Midlands.
(4) Notes the rigorous statutory assessment process set out under the Mineral Resources Development Act 1995 which is a legal requirement before either exploration or mining can proceed.
That the House:—
(1) Acknowledges thermal coal combustion is a key driver of increasing greenhouse gas emissions and rising global temperatures.
(2) Recognises the impact just 1.1 degrees of warming is having on Tasmania, including extreme floods, East Coast drought and marine heatwave, increased dry lightning storms and destructive bushfires, coastal erosion, biosecurity threats and ecosystem stress.
(3) Accepts the scientific consensus that burning fossil fuels – such as coal – must end in order to limit warming and prevent climate breakdown.
(4) Agrees it is in Tasmania's best interest to be a climate positive, clean energy island.
(5) Notes Tasmania's natural, clean energy powered brand would be damaged by any new coal mines, and this brand damage would flow on to the agricultural and tourism sectors of the economy.
(6) Commits to a prohibition on new thermal coal mines in Tasmania.
Amendment - 16 Oct 2019 (Passed)
Amends the motion to oppose new coal mines only on productive agricultural land where it is not in the State’s best interests.