Australia: Clive Palmer plan for $6bn China First coalmine tests new environmental laws

Guardian: The managing director of Clive Palmer's proposed $6bn China First coalmine met senior federal Environment Department officials on Monday to determine "whether or not" new federal environmental laws would apply to the project. The mining magnate – who has clinched a powerful four-senator voting bloc from next July – needs a federal government decision before he can proceed with plans to export 40 million tonnes of coal each year. The decision is required under new laws passed by the former Labor......

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