OH, TO HAVE SHUT THAT GATE BE­FORE IT WAS OPENED

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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.

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