The Richmond River Express Examiner 11 July states that Casino Beef Week committee put the question ‘What would you change to improve Beef Week?’ to festival goers, and that 11 per cent of respondents said that they wanted ‘no political protests’.
It also states that all politically motivated protests or floats will be banned from taking part in future Beef Week parades after an ‘avalanche’ of complaints from festival-goers, and that Beef Week president Stuart George said, ‘the Beef Week office fielded an avalanche of complaints after the parade from festival-goers upset that politics had infiltrated the family orientated festival’, and ‘People were all saying the same thing’.
So they are quoted as specifically saying that this comment emanated from Stuart George himself.
Eleven per cent! An avalanche?
Great to see your commitment to democracy, Mr George. You would make a great politician in China, or Iraq, or North Korea, or cold-war Russia even. But Australia in the 21st century? Thomas, did you instill this respect for democracy in your son?
How about the other 89 per cent who have NOT nominated political protests as something requiring change at Beef Week? Shouldn’t you go with the majority view, Mr George?
If not, I back Margaret Howes’s point that Metgasco should be banned from having a float at Beef Week. After all, the vast majority of beef farmers seem to be saying they are opposed to CSG in the Richmond Valley. If you can’t see that, your father might at the next election.
RIP National Party politicians.
Shane Adams, Kyogle