IN A letter to the media last week, MP for Dawson George Christensen said he was taking a delegation to Canberra to lobby the new Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, on the need for the expansion of Abbot Point.
He said such a trip was necessary to “refute the ravings of the ill informed and the extremist Green movement.”
For a Federal MP to ridicule, slander, and disparage people who are trying to express their views about the Abbot Point expansion is extremist and very disrespectful.
George Christensen also goes on to say "The new Liberal National government will not sell out Bowen to minority interest groups".
The majority of concern raised over Abbot Point expansion has come from the local tourism and fishing industries. To belittle industries that create thousands of local jobs and inject millions of dollars into the local economy is a bold move but is not how we expect our elected representative to behave. We want long-term sustainability. We want to be assured through scientific facts and longterm studies that our greatest natural resource - the reef, is protected.
The majority of the tourism operators and commercial fisherman that George Christensen has consulted with are concerned about the impacts of dredge spoil on their fishing grounds and reef.
To completely overlook our industry concerns and misrepresent majority groups is a huge shortcoming for a Federal MP. Tony Fontes AIRLIE BEACH