30 April 2012
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham has warned the
O'Farrell Government that it is badly misreading community sentiment onthe conflict between mining and agriculture in what appears to be seniorpro-mining Liberals riding roughshod over the National Party and the interests of country NSW.
In recent days:
· Resources Minister Chris Hartcher has attacked the NSW
Farmers organised rally as a far left conspiracy. http://bit.ly/KnJL5a
· Planning Minister Brad Hazzard attacked the NSW Farmers
Association and Country Women's Association on ABC's Country Hour
"Minister Hartcher is badly out of touch if he thinks community concern
over mining's impact on agriculture, the environment and water resources
is some kind of conspiracy," said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
"This kind of arrogant disregard for genuine community concern is the
kind of thing we expected from NSW Labor in its dying days, but this
exercise in hubris is only one year into the O'Farrell Government.
"It's clear that senior pro-mining Liberals in the O'Farrell Government
are running roughshod over whatever Nationals are left who truly wish to
protect our land and water. The dissenting submission from the National
Party to the Strategic Regional Land Use Policy consultation shows there
are still some Nationals who want to protect the interests of country
NSW, even if many National MPs are lining up with the big city Liberals
to promote mining.
"There is a confluence of interest in protecting the land and water
from mining. Farmers recognise the need to preserve these precious
resources into the future, while environmentalists understand that
farmers are important custodians of the land and water," said Mr
A Galaxy Research poll conducted in August 2011 found 74% of people in
NSW supported a moratorium on coal seam gas, with only 17% opposed.
JEREMY BUCKINGHAM MLC - THE GREENS NSW - MEDIA RELEASE
Contact: Max Phillips - 9230 2202 or 0419 444 916