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May 10, 2021

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Ian Cohen, Broken Head.

Dear Bill, I listened with an air of déjà vu to your welcome comments that if Adani doesn’t stack up economically and environmentally the ALP will withdraw support.

I have not felt so inclined toward the ALP since the days of the Franklin River Blockade when I was just an upriver greenie.

To this day I remember being huddled around a campfire in the chill and damp wilderness with a small group of hardy souls when the crackling transistor rang out with tinny clarity Bob Hawke’s victory announcement. ‘The Dam will not go ahead and the Franklin River will be saved.’

It was a rare uplifting moment of history that I feel is about to be repeated. Just as Hawke rode into power on the conservation and public wave of support I believe a Shorten government will similarly emerge with a clear renunciation of Adani Coal and the globally significant declaration of increased protection for the Great Barrier Reef.

Having served 16 years as a Greens MP in the NSW parliament I know full well the difficulties of such major decisions. However, I know that this clear departure from the conservatives’ political culture would catapault the ALP into government backed by a growing movement of people with a positive vision for the future.

‘Seize the moment’.

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  1. Thanks Ian for your excellent free advice to Bill shorten which, if it had come from one of the many highly paid consultants, would have cost a motza. We will add our voices to yours and encourage others to do likewise.


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