Knitting Nannas had a simple message for NSW Labor leader Luke Foley this morning when he visited the site of the Bentley blockade just outside Lismore.
‘Do the wrong thing and we’ll be watching you’.
Mr Foley’s campaign bus arrived at the former blockade site this morning, discharging a horde of Sydney media, minders and advisors.
Mr Foley came bearing morning tea for the Nannas, who in turn presented him with a knitted beanie and a lock to symbolize their support of the Lock the Gate movement.
Louise Somerville told Echonetdaily that the Knitting Nannas were apolitical.
‘The Nannas harass all parties equally. We don’t care which party will be the brave party to stand up for what is right and to protect our air, land and water for the kiddies,’ she said.
‘The Nannas are women in their prime who will sit and knit and watch and plot and make sure politicians equally do the right thing.’
Angela Dalu, another Nanna, told the Labor leader that her group wanted a state-wide declaration.
Mr Foley said Labor’s policy was for a state-wide moratorium along with a complete ban in the northern rivers.
‘If the Nats fall on Saturday no party will ever present a gas plan for the northern rivers,’ he said.
‘You can protect your region forever this Saturday because if the Nats fall it will be game over.’
Mr Foley wouldn’t answer questions from local media at this morning’s gathering, although he did offer them morning tea, which was declined.
Meanwhile, Gasfield Free Northern Rivers spokesman Dean Draper made it clear to Mr Foley that the region would not back down.
‘The local member (Thomas George) hasn’t supported us whatsoever and in fact the last time a drill rig came to the area it required riot police to get it through,’ Mr Draper said.
Mr Foley responded saying ‘unseat the Nats and there will be no more CSG in the northern rivers.
‘Number all squares and put the Nats last,’ he said.
Meanwhile, Greens candidate Adam Guise made a point of crashing Labor’s Bentley morning tea.
‘It’s great Labor have finally caught up with the community and the Greens, four years too late, four years after the Greens,’ Mr Guise said.
‘It’s great that Luke Foley has turned up a year after the people of this region won the Bentley blockade, and it’s great that Labor are going to the election with a strong anti-CSG policy.
‘We’ve finally got recognition from politicians that no-one wants CSG in this region and in this state.
Mr Guise said the Greens differed from Labor in that they wanted a state-wide ban on CSG, rather than a five year moratorium.
‘The Greens want a complete ban not a pause, not slowing things down with regulation.
‘It’s about saying no to dirty gas and getting on with the job of delivering a jobs rich, clean energy future.’
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