Greens accused of misleading community over royal hoisting by BHP
By Richard Fenton
LANCASTER, NSW, June 29 (Reuters) – BHP Billiton Ltd said it would withdraw mining equipment from a national wildlife reserve if the Liberal government in Australia imposed tariffs on the metals used in the nation’s electricity system.
«They have not answere바카라d our calls for clear information and transparency from the Prime Minister about what they will do if Australia gets behind the BHP Billiton Energy Investment scheme,» said Greg Hunt, who took over as mining minister last year.
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The local government, Greens, and mining association were among 14 signatories to a letter sent by the federal environment minister, Josh Frydenberg to the government in Canberra last week, seeking a full explanation. The request for the government’s reply came after Hunt and Labor’s Malcolm Turnbull pushed for a detailed response to the letter.
Hunt said BHP was now trying to «undermine the whole plan, to create a false controversy». «It should be that we want to see a full set of information so people can make an informed choice.»
Hunt said there had also been so더킹카지노me «blunt words» in Frydenberg’s message to the BHP-owned company.
BHP does not have a formal business relationship with New South Wales governments or any state or territory where bison live. It is registered in the company’s overseas units in Luxembourg and the United Kingdom.
The industry and some members of the community said the letter and subsequent attack on New South Wales bison in general were damaging.
«It’s almost embarrassing that you would be calling the prime minister on this issue,» said the group’s lead campaigner, David Williams.
The Australian and New Zealand Union of Conservation Groups was also concerned.
«The community is getting what we all are asking of the government. It must be a matter of principle to ask the Prime Minister that information about what will happen when the Government backs the BHP proposal,» said Andrew Scott, chief executive of the ANU.
The minister in charge of the NSW Environment Department said the letter did not represent «the official position of any department». «If this type of political game is what is involved in this particular case, then it is really damaging to the government’s credibilit