In the past

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

THE let­ter from our fed­eral mem­ber, pub­lished 12/05/2016, was an in­sight. Mr Christensen seems wed­ded to the past and uses words of divi­sion rather than lead­er­ship.

Whether Adani pro­ceeds with a new mine or not will be de­cided in In­dia, and if In­dian gov­ern­ment pol­icy to be a non-im­porter of coal within two years is any indi­ca­tor, per­haps un­likely.

Many peo­ple in our re­gion will earn a liv­ing from the ex­port of coal for years to come; good luck to them. Our lo­cal mem­ber has not been able to do much about the bleed­ing of jobs away from lo­cals to FIFO work­ers from else­where, but if we look to the fu­ture, coal isn’t ever re­turn­ing to boom.

Farm­ing and tourism will con­tinue long be­yond the vi­a­bil­ity of coal ex­trac­tion, good farm­ers are mak­ing fine ef­forts to farm ac­cord­ing to good science, and the MP’s ef­forts to set one against the other is dis­taste­ful at best. He spent a con­sid­er­able amount of en­ergy in the last par­lia­ment en­cour­ag­ing big­otry and ha­tred over is­sues that were com­pletely un­re­lated to Daw­son, so ap­par­ently hasn’t no­tice that the com­mu­nity has re­jected the Ab­bott way.

The Turn­bull lead­er­ship has aban­doned the anti-science and hate­ful tones of his pre­de­ces­sor. That is the past. Win, lose or draw, the LNP needs a more for­ward fo­cussed and pos­i­tive can­di­date in Daw­son. David Young Strathdickie

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