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Don Page’s comments are a new low for political point scoring. Claiming that federal laws (EPBC Act) protecting our threatened and endangered species will cause 56 additional deaths on the 13km (Section 10) stretch between Broadwater and Wardell is a disgrace.

The total disregard that the National Party MPs (Don Page, Duncan Gay, Thomas George, etc) show for the environment and Aboriginal sacred sites highlight a 19th century view of the world.

After 10 years the RMS and their political servants still don’t have final approval for this section of the road and experts have repeatedly stated that a nationally significantkoala population will become extinct unless the proposed highway deviation is reconsidered.

Don Page has failed the northern rivers community with his support for environmental destruction and CSG mining. Mr Page knows that an upgrade utilising the existing highway corridor has never been costed and is well aware that his comments are nothing more than a below the belt attempt to score a political point.

One would have hoped that he would have advocated on behalf of the community at large to protect our threatened species and to declare the region Gasfield free.

 


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