Victorian government gives $206 million to mining sector – and counting

Lakes_Oil_drill_site.jpgFriends of the Earth media release. June 24, 2014

An Australia Institute report released today shows the remarkable level of support given to the mining industry by state governments.

It shows that each state provides millions of dollars’ worth of assistance to mining industries every year and that over a six-year period, state governments in Australia spent $17.6 billion supporting the mineral and fossil fuel industries.

What is surprising is the support given by the Victorian government. $206 million over six years.

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Friends of the Earth vows to blockade coal exports

coal_image.jpgMedia Alert – Friends of the Earth

16th June 2014

Friends of the Earth today condemned the state and federal governments’ decision to subsidise Shanghai Electric’s plan to establish a brown coal export industry in Victoria. The Chinese government-owned company was awarded $25 million for a $119 million demonstration plant to process coal into briquettes.

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Premier Napthine’s position on the Renewable Energy Target undermines renewable energy jobs

drillingrigNSW.jpgMEDIA RELEASE – 3 June, 2014

Friends of the Earth call on Premier Denis Napthine to clarify the Victorian government’s position on the Renewable Energy Target.

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Public Transport rally

PT_rally.gifJoin us to rally for public transport not traffic for our city!

Fund public transport, not the East-West Link.

Saturday 28 June at 1pm

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Dump the Dump: Radioactive Waste on Trial

dumpthedump_final.jpgSupport Muckaty Traditional Owners on World Environment Day

For the past seven years there has been sustained community opposition to a federal government plan to dump Australia's radioactive waste on Aboriginal land at Muckaty in the Northern Territory.

Now Traditional Owners opposed to the dump plan are taking their case to the Federal Court with a trial starting on June 2 in Melbourne.

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Gas drill suspension welcomed. Fear of rural backlash forces government's hand

Seaspray_5.jpgFriends of the Earth (FoE) has welcomed the Victorian government’s announcement that it will put the brakes on the onshore gas sector for 12 months.

Energy Minister Russell Northe will today knock back the approval of work plan applications for exploratory drilling activities until the community consultation process on coal seam gas is completed in late 2015.

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Farmers pledge to blockade gas drilling operations

riders.jpgPLEASE NOTE that today's planned ride has been cancelled as a result of yesterday's announcement by the government.

On thursday May 29, community members from Seaspray in Gippsland will ride horses up Bourke Street to Parliament to announce their intention to blockade oil and gas drilling.

Please show your support by greeting them at Parliament at 1pm.

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