Michael Trevaskis, Alstonville
On the first day of the new parliament I have no doubt that the prime minister will enter carrying his sacred and miraculous lump of coal.
After all, the closer an electorate is to the site of the proposed Adani coal mine the greater was the winning margin of the coalition candidate. Notice that the word coalition contains the word coal.
Not even the reverence and worship that Tony Abbott publicly displays for the carboniferous mineral was able to save him from defeat in Warringah.
On the other hand, another acolyte of the miraculous mineral, Barnaby Joyce in Armidale, had an easy victory only a short distance from the vast reserves of coal in the Hunter Valley.
It seems that Australia will have no possibility of transition to pollution-free methods of generating electricity and export income while coal is able to inspire such religious devotion in its electorate.