If mining is already being undertaken on conservation land without a fuss, why did plans to allow prospecting on a further 7000 hectares cause such a fuss?
It looks like the plans will now be scrapped because it’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it.
Those opposing it grabbed the emotional high ground and no-one had enough facts for a counter attack.
Government’s which don’t listen to public opinion are doomed, but sometimes potentially unpopular policy can be accepted if it’s backed up by strong arguments.
This one wasn’t.