13 October 2011
The Conservation Council SA is the peak body for the environment in South Australia representing around 50 organisations and their 50,000 members.
We are aware that next week the government will introduce legislation for the Indenture Agreement with BHP Billiton. Premier Rann wants the legislation to pass through the lower house of Parliament by 20 October and through the upper house by the end of the year.
We write to urge members of both houses to resist these artificial deadlines and allow a proper timeframe to contemplate this project of unprecedented magnitude for our state.
This legislation will lock in the government's approval conditions released on Monday. We think the current conditions need improvement in a number of areas, some of which are discussed below.
We extend the offer to meet with you in the near future to discuss these issues in more detail, along with others that may arise once the Indenture legislation is made available. The decisions you make will have a legacy long after BHP Billiton has closed its operations at Olympic Dam.