NT Country Liberals change stance on mining

The Northern Territory Opposition has had a change of heart and reversed its opinion on uranium mining at the Angela Pamela deposit near Alice Springs.

The party has previously said it would oppose mining there, but as the by-election for the seat of Araluen draws closer, has changed its stance.

Opposition leader Terry Mills has criticised the move by the government oppose mining despite earlier granting an exploration license.

He disagreed with the party, saying it was swayed by public opinion, and all mining applications must follow due process “"to allow the confidence in the mechanisms that have been afforded this community and any proponent to bring in economic benefits, to minimise environmental risks, social impacts, to be properly assessed and weighed and considered by a mature and sensible leader.

"We do not have that in the Chief Minister. This will not be supported."

The current government in the Northern Territory told the ABC the Country Liberals are divided over mining uranium in Alice Springs, according to leaked emails.

Chief Minister Paul Henderson said the Country Liberals wrote to the Deputy Opposition Leader to make it known that the party had lost support from the business community, due to its public opposition to the mine.

"What we have here in Alice Springs is the members for Alice Springs saying to their constituents the Country Liberals do not, will not and will never support a uranium mine at Angela Pamela being overridden by the faceless men, women in central council,” he said.

Image: Campaigners agains the Angela Pamela mine. stopangelapamela.org.

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