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May 10, 2021

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

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Join Clarkes Beach paddle out this weekend to stop massive oil and gas field project

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Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters...

Echonetdaily is not in the habit of writing editorials but an issue of this magnitude demands one.

There is no doubt coal-seam gas is the greatest issue to face our region for decades and one the community is united to stop. There is no social licence in our region for CSG and there never will be.

Planning minister Brad Hazzard and his cohort of overpaid bureaucrats masquerading as experts learned that lesson loud and clear yesterday.

There was considerably more expertise in the crowd than on the panel at the meeting, organised by well-intentioned local member Thomas George.

It will take more than good intentions to get Mr George re-elected, however.

Federal MP Justine Elliot has seen the writing on the wall and joined Janelle Saffin in opposing her own government’s position on the issue. Mr George and his colleagues Geoff Provest and Don Page would be well advised to do the same.

All of the CSG policies this government has put in place are designed to lubricate the way for their mining-company mates. The so-called ‘gateway’ process doesn’t have a latch, let alone a lock. And the laughable Strategic Land Use Policy doesn’t apply to the northern rivers, which isn’t even on a timetable to be mapped.

This publication doesn’t defend some of the more extreme actions allegedly taken against the MPs, such as spitting on them. But it is after all only what they are metaphorically doing to their constituents.

Power to the people – we will win this battle.

–Chris Dobney, Editor

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Great editorial, and there’s no evidence that the spitting incident even took place. Thomas George and Brad Hazzard were constantly being filmed by multiple cameras and accompanied by multiple police, and no one reported anything like this happening. The threat of unprecedented environmental vandalism, and mass community opposition, is the real story here.

  2. Thomas George may have been well intentioned but the fact that he responds to a robust display of community outrage by lying about being spat on doesn’t demonstrate good faith. He and Hazzard were lucky that this community has such a strong and deep commitment to non-violence or the fury of the crowd might well have erupted in inappropriate ways. Nobody who proposes to exploit new fossil fuels deserves to be treated with respect in this day and age. They walked away. Now they need to act responsibly and put an end to the toxic gas industry in this state. If they have any honesty at all

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