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Teals and other NSW independents seek to kill controversial Pep-11 gas permit

Guardian 4 Feb 2023

The “kingmaker” Sydney MP, Alex Greenwich, and a coalition of independent political hopefuls will attempt to kill the controversial Pep-11 gas exploration licence by banning development of the area through a change in New South Wales law.

The six independents, who could hold the balance of power in under two months, will on Saturday unveil a bill that would amend the State Planning Act to ban certain types of development on land and at sea, negating possible future federal approval.

“It’s remarkable that the federal Labor government would seek to overturn the only good environmental policy of the former Coalition government,” Greenwich said.

“We will do everything we can in NSW to stop this.”

Jacqui Scruby, the independent candidate in Pittwater, said her community was “incensed” by the project and would do everything she could to stop it.

“This will be a critical factor in my decision-making should I be in the position to guarantee supply in a minority government,” she said.


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