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Coal mining related dust

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MEDIA STATEMENT THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP MEMBER FOR HUNTER CHIEF GOVERNMENT WHIP ___________________________________________________________

8 November 2012


The latest suggestions that coal-mining related dust is posing a threat to human health should be taken very seriously. No stone should be left un-turned in our quest to ensure we understand the science and that no such risk exists. If a parliamentary inquiry can be a productive part of that process then I will support one.

However, we must follow the science. I will not sit idly by and allow the Greens to cause un-necessary alarm as part of their agenda to close down the coal mining industry, an industry which brings to the Hunter Region enormous wealth and employs tens of thousands directly and in-directly.

Let’s stick to the facts and set political opportunism aside.

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Joel Fitzgibbon “Fitzhunter”