Which part of the word ‘no’ is unclear?
A full page ad in last week’s Byron Shire Echo triumphs the NSW government’s gas plan.
A young woman dressed in safety apparel reassuringly examines a water sample,
while a rural scene provides a comforting backdrop. The ad is predominantly green,
gold and blue in colour, like the products we use to clean the toilet.
To learn more about our plan please visit: bendoverandbraceyourself.com
After years of marching, submissions, letter writing and the largest popular protest
in the history of our region, the state government still wants to see us all get hydraulically
Hmmmmm, so which part of ‘no’ remains unclear?
Is it the letter o, as in ‘oh’ we weren’t listening can you say it again?
Is it the letter n, as in ‘nah’ we don’t give a toss about the principle of majority rule?
Perhaps the whole word no has been misread by our political representatives as being
part of ‘nobble’, as in when the ICAC went through them like a dose of salts last year.
Or maybe they imagine its part of the word ‘noose’, as in what awaits them at the next
In either event, the people of this region have the distinct impression that our governmentis less concerned about our collective will, than about pandering to their buddies in the mining industry.
So perhaps we need to build on the word no as a means of expressing our
democratic rights. Like ‘non-negotiable’.
R J Poole, Lismore