Barnaby Joyce leads inquiry into mining in regional Australia
Summary: BARNABY’S back — and he’s now leading a parliamentary inquiry looking at the benefits of mining in regional Australia.....
Former Nationals leader and agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce will chair the inquiry into how the mining sector can support regional communities.
Mr Joyce — who now heads the House of Representatives innovation, industry, science and resources committee — often came under fire during his tenure as both leader and minister for his support of the mining industry, which is often seen as at odds with the farm sector. His office would not answer questions regarding his appointment to the committee, nor on whether he sought to join the House agriculture committee.
Mr Joyce took on the role of chair after Queensland National Michelle Landry stepped down to become Nationals whip.
His office also did not respond to whether the inquiry would examine issues such as whether landholders should have a formal right to veto and state moratoriums on coal seam gas exploration.
The inquiry was requested by Resources Minister Matthew Canavan. The terms of reference include looking at how royalties are shared between landholders and state governments, and “best practice” of mining businesses in dealing with regional communities.