Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls is the State Political Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

Rob Stokes said the proposed amendment "reflects the importance of balance".

Community backs mining assessment change but industry warns of dire consequences

A proposal by planning minister Rob Stokes to dump laws which make the economic benefit of a mining application the "principal consideration" when it is assessed has been met with overwhelming community support. But the mining industry is warning the move will jeopardise jobs and investment in NSW and undermine business confidence.