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