Bill's a worry: Gregory MP
QUEENSLANDERS should be outraged Strategic Cropping Land legislation contains clauses that specifically benefit a private company, according to LNP Member for Gregory Vaughan Johnson.
Yesterday the Environment, Agriculture, Resources and Energy Committee held a public hearing as part of the inquiry into the Strategic Cropping Land Bill introduced into parliament on October 24.
The committee will review and report to parliament on the bill before it goes to open debate.
Mr Johnson said he still held fundamental concerns.
"It is extremely rare to see clauses 282 and 283, which relate specifically to Bandanna Energy's Golden Triangle projects, be included in legislation," Mr Johnson said.
"The house is being asked to enshrine advantage for a private company into law. That alone should sound alarm bells."
But the government rejected the claim it was unusual and said the role of the clauses was to provide specific transitional arrangements, including strict conditions on any future development.
"It is not unusual for governments to specifically legislate on specific matters relating to an individual company," Natural Resources Minister Rachel Nolan said.
"The Government is doing this in this case to clearly draw a line in the sand for this particular development proposal.
"Whenever a line is drawn in the sand and tough new regulation is introduced, there will always be difficult circumstances which have to be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
"In the case of Bandanna Energy's Springsure Creek project… strict transitionary arrangements have been applied."
Ms Nolan said Bandanna must make all reasonable endeavours to rehabilitate the effects of any impacts of the underground coal projects on SCL, such as subsidence.