Southern Cross University academic and lecturer Aidan Ricketts has been criticised by a coal-seam-gas (CSG) lobby group as running non-violence training workshops purely to promote sales of his book.
Mr Ricketts has been conducting the workshops in Lismore to educate anti-CSG activists how to conduct protest actions along the lines first promulgated by Mahatma Gandhi.
But that’s not enough for Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Ltd chief Rick Wilkinson, who has suggested in another publication that Mr Ricketts is only interested in selling copies of his tome The Activists Handbook.
‘CSG appears to be just another fad cause for career campaigners and professional activists,’ Mr Wilkinson told local media.
Mr Ricketts responded, ‘we all know the billions of dollars that the mining industry has to employ consultants and publicity firms and yet they object to a local author working in his own community to help people find a voice’.
Mr Ricketts would no doubt be heartened by Gandhi’s response to such attacks on his own credibility and actions: ‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win’.