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Over 3,000 people packed into the Mullumbimby showgrounds yesterday to show support for Bob Brown and the Stop Adani Convoy which left Tasmania last week.

The rain which had been falling for days, magically stopped for a man some call Saint Bob, who is leading the charge to the Galilee Basin.

Brown said he was delighted that so many took time from their Easter Sunday to stand for the environment.

‘This is the biggest turn out anywhere in Australia,’ he said. ’In the election campaign it is a simple issue that goes to the heart of Australia as a nation: do we vote for the deadly effects of the Adani mine, or do we vote for a secure future for our children?’

Photos Jeff Dawson


Brown asked those gathered for a show of hands for the coal mine project and not one in the throng backed a vote for Adani.

No one voted for the second option: sitting on the fence.

There was a unanimous show of hands for stopping the Adani project.

Sixteen-year-old Mia Thom called on voters to save the future from the climate emergency.

After an aboriginal welcome to country, Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst spoke to the convoy and supportrs as did fellow musicians Lukas Nelson, Moreton and Australian actor Isabel Lucas.

‘This is an issue which is amazingly still there after all this time,’ said Hirst. ‘We thought it might have gone away by now. What a crazy idea, burning coal in 2019.’

Bluesfest heavyweight Lukas Nelson also shared his thoughts on coal. ‘There is a global awakening now,’ he said. ‘We are starting to realise that the old ways aren’t working.’

Brown called opening new coal mines like Adani a ‘criminal act’ in light of the estimated 150,000 deaths from global warming worldwide last year.

Hussy Hicks who have been performing at Bluesfest, are staunch objectors to the Adani mine. Photo Tree Faerie.

Hussy Hicks took a time-out from a hectic Bluesfest schedule to perform at the rally as the crowd assembled. ‘There were a bunch of great speakers,’ they said. ‘Moreton played, Lukas Nelson and Rob Hirst spoke. There were lots of very inspiring speakers. Bob Brown really brought it home though.

‘The positivity in the air was undeniable. Mia Thom was incredible! So many beautiful people standing up for the planet. ’

The convoy left Mullum and spent the night in Brisbane where there is to be a street rally against the Adani mine today, with speakers including businessman Geoff Cousins.

To keep up with the convoy, visit the Bob Brown Foundation website.


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  1. It was a great gathering of commited Earth appreciating folk that will not give up her.

    Bob’s as great as ever.

    We must not vote for coal under any preconceived notions.
    Survival is now the only real issue.
    Without it, we have no economy, or civilisation.

    Kindergarten kids even know that logic.

    We must all vote for our children.

  2. How will these people feel in the not-too-distant future when the climate change hoax is failing to meet its predictions and the damage done to the economy will take decades to reverse. The cost of Australia taking action to have a miniscule affect in reducing emissions will be a far greater impost on future generations than the mythical “Climate Change” will ever have.

  3. Good coverage of Bob & Convoy. Not so good reading The Courier Mail or
    The Northern Star’s northernstar.com.au via Paul Murray’s lift-out. Still, it’s
    to be expected that Murdock’s multiple press listings & massive media
    ownership along with Foxtel sky news would be unhappy over Bob & the
    Greens progress. I had to laugh on reading that ‘less than 1,000 people’
    turned up at the rally – your photos show 3,000 plus. The other 1,000 that
    couldn’t fit in attest to 4,000 approx. Need I say I’ve got the stills taken
    while I was there yesterday. Yes! The echonetdaily can be trusted to tell
    the truth.

  4. Poor old Bob, flogging the same old horse in his own time these days. He’s on a hiding to nowhere, but I guess if it’s just a headline or two you’re after, then it makes no difference.

  5. Don’t be fooled by Bill Shorten’s climate action rhetoric. He recently announced that coal would be part of the energy mix. So how can a Labor Government achieve zero emissions when they won’t take a stand against Adani and new coal mines? It is just political spin to get votes from both sides. Unlike Labor, Liberals and Nationals, the Greens are committed to stopping Adani and no new coal mines. And the Greens are the only party with a plan for 100% renewable energy by 2030 and zero emissions by 2040 in line with the recommendations of the climate experts. The choice is clear at the 18 May federal election – if you want to save the planet and ensure a safe prosperous future for our children, vote 1 the Greens.

  6. Denis You give people called Dennis a bad name. We must act now, and not follow on like Lemmings over the cliff. And another thought……….what if the climate scientists are wrong and the effects of rising temps. are worse than expected.

  7. Denis, just how will you feel when the rest of the world won’t
    want to trade with us, know us & see us as the dullards
    [about 3%] we’d be if the current government continues to
    hold office. Take your blinkers off. The rest of the world is
    changing. Go check out the whole of Europe. They’ve
    adapted to Climate Change & business is doing very well
    along with employment. Soon there’ll be more power
    available than can be imagined. No one will buy our ‘coal’
    & we will be trying to import drinking water. Think on it.
    Bob Brown & trustful science go hand in hand.


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