Greens: Supreme Court decision must lead to halt at James Price Point

6 December 2012

Greens MP Robin Chapple called on the state government to take this opportunity to halt the gas development James Price Point.

The Supreme Court this morning declared the government’s notices to take land at James Price Point invalid.  The notices are invalid because they didn’t actually set out what land was going to be taken.

“This is an example of the Barnett/Grylls government rushing to issue the notices to take land, ignoring basic legal principles, in an effort to force an agreement from Traditional Owners.

“The Chief Justice held that “there was some force” to the argument that the Government’s approach was patronizing – as the Government had argued it was OK to issue a vague notice to take remote Aboriginal lands, but accepted that a notice to take land in the city would need to be properly detailed.

“This government is not a law unto itself – the Barnett/Grylls attitude of development at full speed and any cost must stop.

“Barnett should dismiss Lands Minister Grylls for this appalling process, or take full responsibility himself.

“There must be a complete halt of works at James Price Point. I call on the government to take this opportunity to back away from the unpopular James Price Point Gas hub, concluded Mr Chapple, Greens Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region.

For more information please contact Robin Chapple on 0409 379 263 or 9486 8255


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