Ge­orge spars with ‘has-beens’

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

CAR­TOON: HARRY BRUCE GE­ORGE Chris­tensen has la­belled a group of public fig­ures who wrote to Gau­tam Adani over the pro­posed Carmichael coal mine “elit­ist wankers”.

The group con­sists of at least 80 prom­i­nent Aus­tralians in­clud­ing two Aus­tralian cricket captains, well known mu­si­cians, a for­mer deputy premier, a for­mer coal lob­by­ist and one of John Howard’s chief ad­vi­sors.

The let­ter ar­gues the mine does not have public sup­port and warns it could harm In­dia’s rep­u­ta­tion in Aus­tralia.

Mr Chris­tensen how­ever has ac­cused the sig­na­to­ries of be­ing “elit­ist wankers... pre­ten­tious literati, pro­fes­sional ac­tivists and has-been celebri­ties”.

Mr Chris­tensen also ac­cused the del­e­ga­tion of liv­ing in “cap­i­tal city bub­bles” and hav­ing ac­cess to “multi-mil­lion dol­lar sav­ings ac­counts” which meant they had no idea what life was like for fam­i­lies strug­gling as a re­sult of the re­sources sec­tor down­turn.

He called on the sig­na­to­ries to meet him at Bowen’s Lar­rikin Ho­tel to ex­plain their po­si­tion to the lo­cals and he urged Adani to ig­nore their re­quests.

A state­ment from Adani said this “very small group” was “mis­led”.

IN PIC­TURES: Ge­orge Chris­tensen.

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