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Troy Grant betrays farmers, Nats have lost their way

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Mr Grant is the driving force behind new laws that crack down on farmers protesting coal seam gas and coal mining.

Farmers and other people taking action to protect good agricultural land and water resources are true Aussie patriots, not criminals – and they will not be intimidated by Mr Grant’s threats of seven years jail for disrupting any mining or gas related activity, or 1,000 per cent increases in fines for trespass.

Mr Grant needs to understand this is Australia, not Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Australians have a right to free expression and peaceful protest action.

If the Shenhua Watermark coal mine goes ahead on the Liverpool Plains, will Troy Grant instruct the NSW Police to arrest farmers trying to protect their land and water? Does he want to see them sentenced to seven years jail?

Mr Grant needs to understand that we need a political solution to land use conflict in NSW.

It is clear that the vast majority of people want good farmland and water resources protected from coal mining and coal seam gas.

The government should respect that opinion rather than turn the NSW Police into a private security force for unwanted industries.

The fact that the president of the National Party was a lobbyist for the Shenhua mine, which Barnaby Joyce has been too useless to stop, and now Troy Grant is pushing laws and threatening farmers with years of jail shows the National Party has lost its way.

And it’s not just coal and gas. Troy Grant is denying farmers the opportunity to grow hemp for highly lucrative food products. Although the Food Authority has recommended hemp food products be made legal, as in most other countries, Troy Grant as police minister is blocking it.

It’s a shame Troy Grant spends more time at the ballet and the races, than he does representing farmers and regional NSW.

He’s allowing regional councils to be wiped out through undemocratic forced amalgamations, he’s gutted Landcare and TAFE, and is sitting idly by as Mike Baird blows billions on inner city motorways while our regional rail network is stuck in the 18th century. The National Party has lost its way.

Jeremy Buckingham, Greens agriculture and mining spokesperson

 


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