Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay
Be careful what you vote for. I think that Ben Franklin is a nice bloke and I am sure that his massive cash splash in the Ballina electorate will have the intended effect of buying some people’s votes, though I urge people to consider what a vote for The National Party really means.
It is a vote for increasing environmental degradation and runaway climate change.
It is The National Party who have reduced protection for threatened species and facilitated land clearing, by introducing the Biodiversity Conservation Act in 2017.
They did this despite warnings from the OEH that the new laws would increase land clearing up to 45 per cent a year and that 99 per cent of identified koala habitat on private land would be unprotected from bulldozing.
Thanks to The Nationals northern NSW and southern Queensland are now recognised as one of the world’s 11 deforestation hotspots, along with the Amazon and Sumatra.
In north-east NSW they have doubled the logging intensity allowed on public lands, and zoned 140,000 hectares from Taree to Grafton for clear-felling.
The Nationals are opening up protected old-growth and rainforest on public land for logging, and have removed protections for most threatened species.
They are reducing stream buffers, including for 2,500km of headwater streams on state forests in the catchment of the Richmond River.
And they want to incinerate our forests, burning them to replace coal, and displace solar, under the pretence it is renewable energy.
This is just a part of The Nationals’ environmental legacy for your kids.
If you want a liveable future for your kids, don’t let The Nationals win by default – number every square when you vote, and put The Nationals last.