Greens bill will give landholders right to refuse CSG

A BILL to give landholders the right to refuse coal seam gas operations on their land will be debated in the Senate, after it was introduced today.

The Greens bill, the party's latest effort to give landholders a right to "say no" to such resources projects, will likely be debated during sittings next year.

Introduced by Queensland Senator Larissa Waters, the laws will be a test for the Abbott Government, after Prime Minister Tony Abbott has previously pledged to give landholders such rights.

His comments were echoed before the election by Industry Minister Ian MacFarlane that the Coalition would work to ensure such rights were enshrined in law.

But the government has not yet introduced its own bills to create such protections, with The Greens pledging last week to do so.

Debate on the bills has been adjourned, and was expected to be held next year.

Topics:  abbott government csg greens landholders larissa waters senate

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