NATIONAL: The approval process for a $34 billion gas hub earmarked for Western Australia carries the “stench of corruption”, the Senate has been told.
Woodside Petroleum is seeking environmental approval to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing hub at James Price Point near Broome, amid strong opposition from local Aboriginal and environmental groups.
During Senate question time on Monday, Australian Greens senator Christine Milne asked the government if it had confidence in the WA assessment process.
She cited weekend media reports, which said Woodside had pressured the state government to withdraw advice about breaches of Aboriginal heritage laws.
Labor frontbencher Stephen Conroy, representing Environment Minister Tony Burke, said Mr Burke would not be making any decision at the federal level until all the state issues were appropriately investigated.
He said he would seek further information from the minister.