FORMER Richmond MP and Howard government frontbencher Larry Anthony has defended attacks from the NSW Greens over his appointment as Federal National Party President and his links to the controversial Shenhua coal mine near Gunnedah.
NSW Greens mining spokesman Jeremy Buckingham said Mr Anthony was a director of SAS Consulting Group, which currently listed Shenhua Watermark as one of its clients on the NSW Lobbyist Register.
"It's clear that the modern National Party is nothing more than the political arm of the mining lobby," he said.
"The decision to allow Shenhua to mine the heart out of the Liverpool Plains is completely irresponsible."
Mr Anthony said the company's contract with Shenhua ended in July.
"As far as my role is concerned, our firm no longer represents them," he told AAP.
"I've come off all the (NSW and federal lobbyist) registries."
The controversial Shenhua open-cut coal mine, slated for the NSW Liverpool Plains region near Gunnedah, has received conditional approval from the Federal Government.