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
Photo Eden-Monique Hull