The South Australian Rann Labor Government and the Liberal Party Opposition have voted together to reject a Greens bid to stop mining in the state's sanctuaries.
Greens MP Mark Parnell says he will reintroduce the bill in another form, to stop mining specifically in the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary in the northern Flinders Ranges.
This is the area in which Marathon Resources, over a two-year period, has systematically vandalised the sanctuary following exploratory drilling at Mt Gee, Mt Gee West and Hodgkinsons. Ore sample which should have been returned to drill holes, cardboard boxes, food wrappers and PVC pipes were among the items buried in plastic and calico bags (22.800 of them at Mt Gee) and in plastic and steel drums.
It is no surprise that the two major parliamentary parties of capitalism have joined forces to block the Greens' Bill.
Parnell has vowed to make one further attempt to get the Government to comply with the wishes of the people.
"I'll come back with a specific bill just to prevent mining in Arkaroola," he said.
"It's the biggest sanctuary in SA, it's the most important and that's what we need to protect.
"Sanctuaries comprise only one tenth of one per cent of our state and if those areas aren't too precious to mine then where is?"