MLAs walk out on McArthur River mine debate

Three Indigenous MLAs have walked out of the Northern Territory Parliament as debate resumed on a Bill that would override the effects of a Supreme Court decision on the McArthur River zinc mine.

The court decision has forced a halt to work on expanding the mine.

But the Government is rushing through amendments that allow all types of mining at the site and prevent traditional owners or anyone else from launching legal action to stop the $110 million expansion from going ahead.

Attorney-General Syd Stirling told Parliament this afternoon that the issue was a particularly sensitive one for some members of government.

As debate on the amendment restarted, Indigenous Labor MLAs Barbara McArthy, Alison Anderson and Karl Hampton left the chamber.

Environment Minister Marion Scrymgour was already outside the chamber.

During the debate, Elliott McAdam also left the chamber, meaning Matthew Bonson was the only Indigenous MLA to see the Bill’s second reading passed.

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