THE death of Queensland farmer and anti-coal seam gas campaigner George Bender will not be in vain, according to Queensland Senator Glenn Lazarus, as an inquiry is launched into the impact of CSG in Australia.

Senator Glenn Lazarus put the motion to the Senate this morning, calling for a Senate Select Committee to examine how CSG has affected Australians since its boom as an industry across Queensland and New South Wales.

"Governments can no longer ignore the impact of coal seam gas mining and other types of unconventional gas mining on the people of Australia.

"I have been to gasfields in Queenslands and they are a living hell for people having to living in them."

HORRIFIED: Senator Glenn Lazarus takes a stand against CSG with Lock the Gate’s Julie Devine at the CSG information meeting at the Grantham Butter Factory.
HORRIFIED: Senator Glenn Lazarus takes a stand against CSG with Lock the Gate’s Julie Devine at the CSG information meeting at the Grantham Butter Factory. Derek Barry

The Senate passed the motion this afternoon - now known as the Bender Inquiry.

"Queensland cotton farmer George Bender fought for ten years to keep CSG mining companies from coming on to his land. It is an absolute tragedy that he saw no way out other than to take his own life," Senator Lazarus said.

"George was bullied to death. Governments and resource companies have blood on their hands.

"George Bender's death will not be in vain."

The Chinchilla farmer died in early October, after being airlifted to a Brisbane hospital.

He is survived by wife Pam, sons Neil, Tony, Brian, Gary and daughter Helen.

Any changes to laws borne from this inquiry would be known as "George's Law", the Senator said.

Senator Lazarus expects the inquiry to hold hearings across Australia.


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