Mining industry has more influence than those affected by mines, says Georgina Woods

By: Daniel Pedersen

THE mining industry has more opportunity to meet with politicians and agencies than those affected by mining projects, the Independent Commission Against Corruption heard on Monday.

The ICAC is examining particular aspects of lobbying activities and the corruption risks involved in the lobbying of public authorities and officials.

Decisions about mining projects are predominantly made in Sydney, agencies that contribute to those decisions are based in Sydney and politicians that hold sway over such decisions meet and debate in Sydney, Lock the Gate NSW coordinator Georgina Woods told the ICAC.

On Monday ICAC’s ‘Operation Eclipse’ heard evidence specifically about the mining industry.

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