No Senate support for SELGA's mining concerns

MOVES in the Senate to congratulate the SE Local Government Association on its mining stance were defeated last week.

Australian Greens senator for SA Penny Wright moved to congratulate SELGA on its "groundbreaking motion" to call for a moratorium on unconventional gas extraction in the SE, but that motion was voted down by the major parties and Family First senator Bob Day.

Senator Wright said she was surprised SA senators hadn't shown more support.

"This was a landmark decision by SELGA - I didn't think it was at all controversial to support the councils for their principled stand," she said.

"The Australian Greens know the importance of protecting the valuable agricultural land in the SE from unconventional gas activities.

"We are very disappointed the old parties and Family First didn't join us."

She also took aim at the Federal Government.

"The Coalition Government says they support landholder rights," Senator Wright said.

"But if that's the case, why did they vote against my motion supporting those very rights?

"Farmers in the SE are extremely concerned about the dangers unconventional gas exploration could pose to their lands and water supplies - so the Australian Greens greatly admire SELGA councils for taking a stand on behalf of their communities."