Greens hope to host hearing on coal dust in Gladstone

A Senate inquiry has been launched into the impact of coal on air quality.
A Senate inquiry has been launched into the impact of coal on air quality. Sarah Harvey

A SENATE inquiry into the impact of coal on air quality will have a hearing in Gladstone if Greens health spokesman Richard Di Natale gets his way.

The Greens-initiated Senate inquiry on air quality will focus on the health impacts of coal, and Senator Di Natale is keen to have hearings in places around the country where the "impacts are felt very acutely", including Gladstone, the Hunter Valley, the Latrobe Valley and Port Augusta.

"Coal dust is a very real threat to human health," Senator Di Natale said. 

"The mining, transportation and combustion of coal can lead to serious health impacts for workers and surrounding communities.

"People can suffer diseases like asthma and even lung cancer as a result of fine coal dust particles."

Senator Di Natale said the health impacts of coal had been ignored for too long, and it was time to have a detailed at look at the evidence.

"Last year I secured a Senate inquiry into the health impacts of air quality and that inquiry is now open to submissions," he said.

"I want the other parties to study the evidence and listen to the experts, but I also want them to hear from affected communities.

"Protecting the health of Australians should be of paramount importance to the parliament. The other parties can't afford to ignore the health impacts of coal any longer."

For more information on the inquiry visit

Topics:  coal coal dust gladstone greens mining resources

Armed robber with heavy conscience turns himself in

court generic

Armed robber dobs himself in suffering guilty conscience......again

UPDATE: Qld Rail ups customer service after driver shortage

FRUSTRATED: Sunshine Coast commuters Kieron Wallace and Jeff Addison, pictured in 2015, are among those frustrated at the state of current rail services.

Queensland Rail bolsters customer service staff after service issues

The Ipswich stamp fair has it all licked

RARE METAL: Dave Roberts with his aluminium Tongan stamps from 1965.

Ipswich stamp fair will feature rare and unusual stamps

Local Partners

Top floor teams take out The Block's terrace week

Kim and Chris pictured on their winning outdoor terrace in a scene from The Block.

RIVALS Kim and Chris and Julia and Sasha tie in final week of work.

Bob Dylan slammed as 'arrogant' for Nobel silence

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan.

Singer the controversial winner of literature Nobel

Shannen Doherty reveals fear of dying in post on chemo

Actor Shannen Doherty shared this image of her lying in a hospital bed after a chemotherapy session.

Actor has been fighting cancer since 2015

Eddie Redmayne's stage fright on latest Harry Potter film

Actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor felt like kid again when he got to film with a wand

Salma Hayek: 'Trump planted story because I turned him down'

Actor Salma Hayek is the latest woman who says U.S presidential nominee Donald Trump acted inappropriately.

Salma Hayek latest woman to accuse Trump of misconduct

Brisbane snake catcher shows who's the Boss

Brisbane snake catcher Julia Baker returns in season two of Snake Boss.

Hit show Snake Boss is back for another season

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track