No change to CSG law
SHADOW treasurer Joe Hockey received a mixed reception as he walked through Lismore Shopping Square yesterday afternoon.
The federal member for North Sydney's trip to Lismore saw some adoring fans push shoppers aside to score a hug and a photograph, while others shouted "no CSG" to Mr Hockey as they walked by.
In response to the evident public concern about CSG on the Northern Rivers, Mr Hockey said if elected the Coalition would not make changes to current legislation that restricts CSG mining and exploration.
He said the Liberal Party would continue to support the Water Trigger amendment to the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 which was passed in March and requires the Commonwealth Government to ensure there are no impacts on water systems when considering CSG or coal mining applications.
"Our policy is to continue the CSG policies that are in place; it's no different," Mr Hockey said.
"Would we water down the water trigger amendment? I don't think so."
The visibly exhausted politician also discussed the Coalition's job creation plan that would see unemployed people given $6000 to move to already stretched regional areas, noting "investment and infrastructure" on the Northern Rivers would be ramped up to prop up the plan.
He discussed small business concerns with Coffee Club owner John Kenny and said any losses resulting from the Coalition's plan to scrap the tax loss carry back scheme would be far outweighed by their paid parental scheme.
"The biggest leg-up for small businesses is the paid parental scheme."
Mr Hockey dodged questions about whether Tony Abbott would visit the region.
"I don't know, you've got Joe Hockey."
He visited the Northern Rivers yesterday to announce a proposed $4.5 million of additional funding for theatre facilities at Ballina Hospital.