‘No comment’ from Adam Giles on his new mining job

p2154-Adam-GilesLETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Sir – The announcement that former Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles will be a general manager in Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting is a stark reminder of the blatant revolving door between politicians and mining companies and should be investigated.

 

The move, while shocking in its arrogant disregard for ministerial conventions, will for many simply confirm the priority set characterised by the Giles government: that ministers served corporate interests not voters and communities.

 

Chief Minister Giles was roundly criticised by pastoralists, traditional owners and rural landholders for his open slather approach to land access for mining companies where he failed to win support for his controversial fracking access reforms.

 

Yet while failing to serve the public, it’s clear his service to big mining interests has been noted and rewarded handsomely with a plum new position alongside Rinehart.

 

The Frack Free Alliance is supporting communities who continue to oppose Giles-era fracking plans on their land.

 

Traditional Owners in the Roper River region have campaigned for 18 months for the Giles Government to release critical information on its approval process for a contested gas exploration permit in 2015.

 

Jacaranda Minerals, a subsidiary of Hancock Prospecting, was granted large fracking exploration licences in the NT’s Mataranka region where gasfields are planned through the groundwater recharge area of the iconic hot springs.

 

In a letter to Adam Giles from April 2015, over 200 local traditional owners clearly state their case against the granting of petroleum exploration permits on their lands.

 

The letter includes: “We are putting the NT Government on notice that this project does not have our consent and we are preparing to take action to stop any attempts to harm our lands.”

 

In his role as Chief Minister, Giles not only failed to act on community concerns regarding unfair land access for Rinehart’s mining interests but he also had access to privileged information that can now be used to advance those interests further at the expense of local residents and businesses.

 

The former Chief Minister’s conduct in approving petroleum permits and land access should be under the spotlight of an ICAC investigation, and all contested exploration permits paused. The Gunner Government must instigate its promised ICAC inquiry and introduce legislative reforms that prevent this kind of revolving door behaviour between politicians and miners.

 

This sort of corporate cronyism must stop if voters are to have any restoration of faith in the impartiality and tight regulation of natural resource management, particularly when it comes to controversial proposals and fracking permits.

 

Lauren Mellor

Territory Frack Free Alliance

 

ED: The Alice Springs News Online rang Mr Giles today to offer him the right of reply. He declined to comment.

 

 

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  1. Ian Rennie
    Posted January 29, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I do hope traditional owners act on mining companies who attempt fracking on their land. This will gain them the utmost respect and for once demonstrate to the unbelieving whites that these people do indeed have a bond with the land that is not broken by dollars.
    Also the Chief Minister should show true leadership in preventing once and for all any fracking in the Territory.

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  2. Posted January 29, 2017 at 9:58 am

    The link says it all – we need ICAC asap. I thought that this was an election promise? Costs a few dollars so what – is the NT Government representing the people who voted them into office or not?

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  3. Bruce Francais
    Posted January 28, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Giles and Gina. While former CM Adam Giles won’t be unemployed after havng deservedly lost an election, he is living up to expectations. Regardless of whether or not he has the right attributes to be Gina’s right hand man in the Territory, [the question likely to be raised, is] this to be a reward for services rendered to Hancock Prospecting in the past. Bruce Francais.

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