Margaret Howes, Empire Vale
Here we are in the middle of the greatest land war in Australia’s history, and there is Michael McNamara killing the goose that laid the golden egg.
No one could argue that Alan Jones has given the anti-CSG lobby more help than anyone else. He knows his subject and can take on the politicians with an amazingly well-versed anti-CSG argument. Alan Jones recently interviewed Barry O’Farrell on 2GB Radio and made mincemeat of the NSW premier and his government’s coal-seam gas policies – see this link.
We all open our mouths and say things we shouldn’t. No-one is perfect. That is part of the make-up of human beings. And we all have the right to apologise and withdraw our remarks. Alan Jones is no exception.
Michael McNamara has issued his statement on behalf of himself and his wife as the organisers of the Rock the Gate Northern Rivers, because he believes his personal integrity is at stake. The very fact that Alan Jones has been barred from speaking at Murwillumbah on October 13 has caused an enormous rift within the anti-CSG fraternity.
Michael McNamara has ‘shot the messenger’ and the gas companies are laughing all the way to the bank. After all, isn’t the greatest strategy in any war to create divisions within the enemy?
This storm in a teacup has to be ridden out – the protesters should be given the opportunity to hear such an inspirational speaker.
After all, aren’t today’s newspapers the fish and chip papers of tomorrow?