Australian Party head Bob Katter is rallying against CSG exploration laws he introduced while Queensland mining minister in the late 1980s.
During his time as the minister in the Bjelke-Petersen government, Katter passed laws giving miners access rights, but has now backflipped and made opposing these laws the central tenet of his Australian Party’s election campaign, News.com.au reports.
Katter has previously attended rallies in support of Lock The Gate.
It is believed that this revelation will be a major blow to Katter’s party, which already has internal schisms over its anti-gay marriage attack ad aimed at LNP leader Campbell Newman.
Katter’s CSG policy outlines that there will be "no exploration or mining activity permitted on landholder’s property without the landholder’s consent".
Yet when he was mining minister he specifically vetoed farmer’s rights.
"The Chamber of Mines has taken a very strong position to the effect that that would create inordinate problems for it and would do very serious damage to mining in the state of Queensland," Katter told parliament at the time.
Although Katter did include measures that gave farmers the right to be informed over permits issued for their land.
A new draft strategic land use policy designed to guide disputes between the resources industry and farmers in NSW drew heavy criticism, with both parties stating that it did not deliver as it attempted to ride the middle ground.
Image: SMH – Robert Shakespeare.