OH, TO HAVE SHUT THAT GATE BEFORE IT WAS OPENED
NO-ONE would be doing more soul-searching on the way to roll out such aggressive policies than Dubbo MP Troy Grant, who literally had the political world at his feet less than a year ago.
Now the Lock the Gate Alliance is calling on the new-look Nats to ban Coal Seam Gas extraction and giant proposed coal mines on prime farming land.
Methinks it would behove the coalition to make some significant moves in this area, now the electorate has tasted blood, it will be much easier to galvanize people power.
On CSG, the state doesn’t need it, all the profits are going offshore and taxpayers here get zero benefits, but plenty of environmental disasters we then have to pay for.
Hopefully government will realise that while the big lobbyists may donate heaps to their campaigns, they can’t actually vote them into power.
NSW Farmers Association is also jumping on that bandwagon, calling for the Nats to put agriculture and regional development front and centre of their policy priorities.