Monday, 14 October 2013

Not happy, Minister Macfarlane!

ECHO NETDAILY 7 October 2013:

Metgasco back for revenge

Like the Black Death, Metgasco is returning to our region to teach us tree-hugging anarchists who is boss.
Still smarting from its last attempts to force coal seam gas on an unwilling population, the company is back for revenge and this time they have support.
Deep inside the führerbunker in Canberra, plans are afoot to bring us into line. We must learn that important decisions are not ours to make.
Our opinions don’t count and nor does our vote. We must learn to keep our place in the pyramid of life and accept our position as the substrata upon which more important people stand.
Imaging we have the brains to understand complex things like fracking is ridiculous. Likewise, it is folly to think we have the right to interfere with the massive, short-term gains that will be made at our expense.
Neither the government nor their corporate bum-buddies are accountable to us (or anyone) and all this talk of democracy was never intended to be taken seriously.
Letting us vote every three years while keeping us inoculated in the meantime on a healthy dose of recreational pursuits is a blessing.
We should all be grateful to have flat-screen TVs and a cold tinny to keep us happy.
When the Black Death returns, sorry Metgasco, we will be reminded that war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.
Medieval Europe eventually realised the plague was carried by rats, yet in the modern age we are rapidly learning such calamities can be transmitted by other means.
In this brave new corporate age, environmental disasters are born of silence and compliance.

R J Poole, Lismore


Anonymous said...

New South Wales' top Aboriginal group has hit out at the state government for "pandering" to environmentally-minded opponents of its move to enter the coal seam gas industry, The Australian Financial Review reports.

According to the newspaper, NSW Aboriginal Land Council chief executive Geoff Scott said the need for economic development in the Aboriginal community was being ignored by the green movement, as well as anti-coal seam gas groups such as the Lock The Gate Alliance, led by Drew Hutton.

“Hutton was out there saying we should be noble and grow vegetables,” Mr Scott said.

“Thanks for your advice! It’s not noble having people whose sewerage systems don’t work; it’s not noble having people live on the dole all their life.

“We want something better and we don’t want to rely on government. That’s not sustainable. It’s benevolence.”

clarencegirl said...

Dear Anon/,

For your information.

“The Tweed-Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council will continue to oppose exploration and mining of coal-seam gas (CSG) in the northern rivers, but has left the door open to prospecting for minerals and other resources.....
Tweed-Byron LAC chair Des Williams said yesterday the council was not against the NSWALC’s controversial move into mining and exploration, only against its focus on CSG.
Mr Williams told Echonetdaily that CSG had major impacts on groundwater and the environment and as such his land council was against it....
The plans by the NSWALC, the peak body for all NSW local land councils, to explore for coal seam gas under 40 per cent of the state, outraged other indigenous community leaders....
Arakwal Aboriginal Corporation spokesperson Yvonne Stewart told media at the time that it was an outrageous move as traditional owners of the land were not consulted.
Ms Stewart said parts of the licence application area overlapped with a native title claim and CSG mining was totally against local Aboriginal tradition of environmental protection,
Githabul community elders, who were involved in the recent protests at Doutbful Creek against Metgasco, are also opposed to the NSWALC plans, which overlap the Githabul native title claim of 2007 covering more than 6,000 square kilometres.
Githabul spokeswoman Gloria Williams told ABC North Coast last year that the native title agreement was being wrongly used to allow CSG interests into the region.”
[Echonetdaily April 2013]