Ex­treme greens

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

MR Chris­tensen, in his lat­est par­lia­men­tary speech and fol­lowup press re­lease, took aim at the “ex­treme greens”, which seems to be any­body who is con­cerned about the long-term health of The Great Bar­rier Reef.

Mr Chris­tensen is putting the “ex­treme greens” on no­tice.

He said “north Queens­land will no longer bow down to eco-ter­ror­ists and we will de­fend our jobs and our life­styles and call out th­ese gut­less green germs for the ter­ror­ists they are.”

Talk about ex­treme. The use of the word 'ter­ror­ism’ and ‘ter­ror­ist’ in a press re­lease is plainly reck­less be­hav­iour.

Given the cur­rent global ter­ror­ism alert, it is rhetoric that is both in­ap­pro­pri­ate, in­cite­ful and not be­fit­ting any elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the peo­ple.

Mr Chris­tensen claims that the in­ter­na­tional tourism mar­ket is down 30 per cent as a re­sult of the Ex­treme Green Cam­paign.

If tourism num­bers are down, the cause is not an Ex­treme Green Cam­paign but the gov­ern­ment’s well-ad­ver­tised cam­paign to de­stroy the reef through in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion; dredg­ing, sea dump­ing, and in­creased shipping.

You want to talk ex­treme; Mr Chris­tensen also takes credit for the pro­posed land-based dump­ing of dredge spoil for the Ab­bott Point de­vel­op­ment. Now that’s ex­treme; hypocrisy.

All credit for the land-based dump­ing pro­posal goes to the com­mu­nity (those “ex­treme greens”), not the politi­cians and cer­tainly not Mr Chris­tensen who has fought tooth and nail against the pro­posal for the bet­ter part of a year.

A leopard does not change his spots. Tony Fontes AIR­LIE BEACH

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