In The Courier this week

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Government backbenchers, including Fraser Ellis, back left, Steve Murray, Member for Kavel Dan Cregan and Nick McBride, defied their Government’s party line last week to vote against controversial mining reforms. Crossbenchers Troy Bell, front left, and Geoff Brock also opposed the Bill.

Cregan votes against party

The Member for Kavel has defied his Government’s party line in favor of his farming constituents for the second time, as controversial mining reforms passed the lower house last week.
Dan Cregan crossed the floor with fellow Government backbenchers Fraser Ellis, Steve Murray and Nick McBride last Wednesday, in opposition of the Statutes Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill, which passed the House of Assembly with the support of the Opposition.
The Bill, which was also opposed by independents Geoff Brock, Frances Bedford and Troy Bell, seeks to change the Mining Act to unlock mining opportunities in SA, while protecting the State’s primary production industry.
But it’s failed to gain the support of the agricultural industry which believes it doesn’t provide enough protection for farmers.