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Greens Meet To Discuss CSG and Mines

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Greens Senator Christine Milne and Grant Newson in Toowoomba last night

June 5, 2012

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne and Senator Larissa Waters hosted an informal forum at the Burke and Wills Conference room in Toowoomba last night ahead of Senator Milne’s appearance on the ABC’s Q&A panel show.

The main topic of discussion was coal and coal seam gas mining in Queensland.

Deputy Convenor of the Toowoomba Branch of The Greens, Grant Newson, from Brooklands, said he was delighted with the roll-up.

Mr Newson, who stood for The Greens in the electorates of Maranoa in 2010 and Nanango in 2012, said people needed urgent help to abate the CSG and mining industries.

“Residents are at their wits end with the current government being in bed with the mining magnates who have been given everything,” he said.

Senator Milne discussed the impact that the CSG and mining industries were having on the ability of Australia to produce food, and the safety of future water supplies.

With countries around the world in a “land grab” for the purpose of growing and supplying food for their own country, Australia wa losing this valuable irreplaceable commodity to overseas purchasers, she said.

“In Western Australia, over one-third of the water tables are fully or partly owned by other countries. Combine this with the loss of valuable productive cropping land and Australia as a food-producing nation is in serious danger,” Senator Milne said.

Monday night's Q&A TV show was filmed at The Empire Theatre in Toowoomba

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Another guest on last night’s Q&A panel show was Durong grazier, and President of the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network, Georgie Somerset.

Georgie was quizzed on several topics during the show, including Land Rights and foreign investment in rural land.

She drew a large round of applause form the audience in The Empire Theatre when she suggested foreign investors should lease land, rather purchase it outright.

Watch the full episode of Q&A here

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