Labor candidate Asren Pugh has issued a direct challenge to Ballina Nationals’ candidate and Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Ben Franklin to rule out doing a preference deal with One Nation in the forthcoming state election.
Dailan Pugh, Byron Bay I am disgusted by the buck-passing of the Liberal Planning Minister and local National Party member over their government’s decision to impose 1,000 houses in a Western Sydney style development on western Byron Bay, and their pretence... Read More →
Keith Duncan, Pimlico Well wasn’t it an uplifting experience to see the National Party hold their recent conference? What a great assembly of intellectual ability, solving the big problems besetting our country – oh, hang on, that was the recent... Read More →
One of the unsuccessful candidates in the first-stage preselection for the state seat of Lismore believes homophobia was behind a series of ‘bizarre’ and ‘inappropriate’ questions that he was asked during a party meeting on Saturday.
Bruce Apps, Townsend, NSW. It is now four days after the attack by the prime minister upon opposition leader Bill Shorten in Question Time and my how the look on Barnaby Joyce’s face has changed. Last Thursday it was all... Read More →
Stephanie Deane, Tweed Shire Council candidate, Tweed Heads. Tweed Council currently has a Request for Offer (RFO) 2016217 titled expression of interest – licence to conduct a non-motorised aquatic hire business. This offer covers various locations but includes the Jack Evans Boat... Read More →
Tony Gilding, Knockrow. I can see three possible reasons why the government continues to promote CSG in its export brochures and regional planning documents. The first possible explanation is that the no CSG for northern rivers policy is just one big lie. This is hard to believe.
Jeremy Buckingham, Greens agriculture and mining spokesperson. The leader of the NSW Nationals, Troy Grant is using his position as police minister to betray country people and particularly farmers.
The NSW Greens have slammed the appointment of former Richmond MP Larry Anthony, a paid lobbyist for giant Chinese coal-mining company Shenhua, as the National Party’s federal president.
The NSW Young Nationals have voted in favour of marriage equality at their annual conference in Corowa, becoming the first youth division of a conservative political party to do so in Australia.
A bid by the National Party to ban coal seam gas (CSG) on the northern rivers has been aborted, with not even a vote on the widely-promoted proposal taken by MPs at their national conference over the weekend . North... Read More →
The campaign to keep the northern rivers gasfield-free has been boosted with deputy premier and Nationals leader Troy Grant calling for a halt to coal seam gas (CSG) in the region, a stand welcomed by longtime opponents of the industry.
As of today, the clock is ticking. The Gasfields Free Northern Rivers is launching a countdown to the June 30 deadline set by the state government to buy back the Petroleum Exploration License (PEL) 445, which covers most of the Lismore electorate and parts of the Clarence.
Opponents of unconventional gas mining have welcomed reports that some NSW National Party politicians are lobbying their colleagues to support a ban on coal seam gas mining in the northern rivers region.
Cr Jeff Johnson, Lennox Head. The NSW National Party leadership team of Troy Grant and Duncan Gay visited the Northern Rivers in the lead up to the recent state election stating quite clearly their opposition to coal seam gas (CSG) mining in our area and their intention to buy back the existing licenses, in particular PEL 445.
Tony Gilding, Knockrow. When New South Wales' founding fathers named our parliament they chose to use the words 'Legislative Assembly' for the NSW Lower House as opposed to 'House of Representatives' as they later did for the federal parliament. Shame really, as the title 'Representatives' does serve as a constant reminder of the true role of a politician.
The National Party should heed the message being delivered by country voters to end unconventional gas mining in the Northern Rivers area and across the state.