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Are the ALP responsible for West Byron?

Ian Cohen, Broken Head

I note with ‘grave’ enthusiasm the full-page advert in last week’s Echo stating that Labor stands with our community on West Byron, backed by the earth-toned socialist (very warming) red of the once-great reformist party of our democracy.

While our community should welcome support from all quarters it was the state ALP under the newby planning minister Kristina Keneally, later progressing to premier (wasn’t the now discredited and jailed Eddie Obeid her strong supporter?) who called in the West Byron development, thus removing the decision from the hands of Byron Shire Council at the time. The impact of her decision is still reverberating.

So Justine, where were you standing and what did you do as a senior party member and local elected representative when the ‘community robbing’ decisions were made and what did you do to wind back such a developer-friendly action?

I’ll let the readers ponder that one as the advert-heralded election comes our way.


One response to “Are the ALP responsible for West Byron?”

  1. Len Heggarty says:

    Ian,
    Just a note to match yours that you sound despondent about the modernisation of the once great Labor Party in that it needs a newspaper ad now read to tell the community that it stands with them.
    In your despondency of West Byron you remember the past and the golden pond of giants but way back in time their laboured the steam engine driver of Ben Chifley, yes the manual labourer of the railway and there is still a railway line in Byron. If in Jonson Street facing the beach the line is on the left. That is where Labor once was, on the left. That man Chifley was one of the first to raise Labor up, a man of the community.
    You bring up the stains on the Labor brand, and there are some to count in a notebook. To claw up the sleepers of the negative past is not the way to go forward. The way forward is to take Justine Elliot at her word for with newspaper ads that is the new way when to use a writer could be another way.
    So to my understanding from where I stood, you are asking Justine Elliot where was she standing when certain decisions were made? I as a writer thought I would add to it in my way and write that do you want Justine to take out an ad to tell you?

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