In the past
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