McArthur River Federal Court Challenge

The Federal Court (Darwin) challenge is listed for 30 July – 1 August.

The proceedings in the Federal Court  challenge the validity of the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment’s approval for the mine expansion and river diversion.

The main grounds are

The Traditional Owners are seeking to have the decision set aside and to be remitted back to the Environment Minister (now Malcom Turnbull).

If the challenge is succesful, the mine will become a federal issue again.

I wonder whether Mr Turnbull would be swayed by Howards personal endorsement of the mine or whether the ALP would offer a better level of protection to the McArthur River than they have in the past?

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