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Fracking demonstration at Parliament House Photos Bohdan Warchomij November 28, 2018

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A big crowd at Perth’s Parliament House  demonstrating against the emotional issue of fracking failed to convince the State Government to change its mind on the issue.

The Government has approved gas fracking in parts of WA’s North but farmers  and Aboriginal groups will be given veto rights on fracking on their land.

Three unions attending the demonstration have generated friction within the government by demanding a state wide ban. They are supported by notable public figures such as

WA Scientist of the Year Peter Newman, 2003 Australian of the Year Fiona Stanley, former premier Carmen Lawrence, and artists such as Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, John Butler,

Missy Higgins, Tim Winton and Janet Holmes a Court.

Four Kimberley Aboriginal groups are opposed to  fracking on traditional lands, including Nyul NYul, Niyikina Mangula, and Ngurrara.

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy said the announcement was a missed opportunity to tap into WA’s potentially massive shale and gas assets and

provide the WA community with a greater domestic gas supply.

The Conservation Council of WA Piers Verstegen said the government had underestimated the real climate impacts by up to 90%.

The Wilderness Society WA State director Kit Sainsbury said the 2 % of WA where fracking would be allowed represented almost 5.2 million hectares of land.

The issue is alive and controversial despite the support of industry groups.

 

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