Jo Faith, Newtown
The elite are noted for taking advantage of crisis in society to gain financial advantage. So it is in the state of NSW.
At a time when the Byron community has been outraged, by the proposed West Byron development and the Byron bypass, recent ongoing research from a Freedom of Information request addressing the development of the bypass has left many environmentalists in deep shock.
With the state in the grip of a pandemic we note the forces of neo-liberal dictates are ascending and creating the impression that The Market too is very, very ill, wanting more than mother’s milk to heal. Planning Minister Rob Stokes is promoting new laws to cut ‘red tape’ for the construction industry.
So, whilst society is social distancing, and the spread of COVID-19 is ever present, the neo-liberal virus rises to add further pressure to the environment and sentient beings.
The new balancing act seems to be the tension between COVID-19, a deadly virus, and capitalism’s need for a healthy market. Incompatible viruses!
We must take heed and out this strange NSW state dictate that aids the elite.