As a voter in the Ballina electorate I received a flyer headed ‘CSG we don’t want it here’.
Turning it over I was gobsmacked to see that it was promoting the Nationals.
The Nationals are the party who last December renewed the license for the largest PEL in the region. It includes the area of Lismore, Kyogle, Nimbin and Woodburn and covers the water catchments of Byron Bay and Ballina.
The deceptive map on the flyer only shows a tiny fraction of this region.
The Greens and Labor will ban gas mining from the northern rivers.
If the Nationals are against gas mining in the northern rivers, it is surprising that they did not respond to questions from GasfieldFree Northern Rivers, unlike the Greens and Labor.
Neither would Kris Beavis front up with the other candidates to the screening of ‘Frackman’ at Ballina last week.
It is not good enough to blame past government’s policy. We need good policy now to stop this toxic industry.
Maybe we are getting used to politicians being dishonest to get votes. But this desperate campaign by the Nationals has to signal an all time low.
By cynically lying to the electorate they are treating us with contempt.
The facts are: for a Gasfield-free Northern Rivers, number every box and put National last.
Brigid Beckett, Alstonville