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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’.

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  1. Mr Wilkinson
    People are attending these non violent direct action workshops because they are very concerned about the impacts that the coal seam gas industry is having on our natural environment. They are also increasingly frustrated by the influence which the same industry has with our state & federal governments.
    I guess in this situation, more and more ordinary Aussies are deciding that if they do nothing with their concerns, in effect they are supporting the csg industry, who appear to be prepared to sacrifice our natural environment & our health in their quest for profit.

  2. yeah typical of the investors who thin k they and their money are gods. tThese people are just greed fileld opportunists who do not give a tinkers cuss about the destruction their indutries to dothe lcoal environment, ecology and community. people in the north coast value the pristine bucolic beauty of their region and will not allow these CSG marauders to profit form our msiery and the destruyction of our area. Thye should simply get the message , pack up and piss off. Aiodna Ricketts ahs veery right to do what he does and accusing him of wanting to make a few lousy dollars is typical of the sort of meditocrities that run their PR systems. No clues at all these people.

  3. Love the Gandhi quote, that’s gold!

    ‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win’.

  4. So whats Mr Wilkinsons job description?
    Who is paying him to say these things?
    Would he be saying them otherwise?
    People like him are a scourge on our democracy!


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