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Labor MP supports Tweed fight against coal seam gas mining

Lock the Gate Tweed's Michael McNamara addresses protesters.
Lock the Gate Tweed's Michael McNamara addresses protesters. Leigh Jensen

TWEED anti-CSG campaigners have welcomed Federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot's call on NSW state National MPs to support a ban on coal seam gas (CSG) operations in the Northern Rivers.

"This is the least we should be able to expect from our elected representatives, that they actually represent us," Michael McNamara from Lock the Gate - Tweed said.

Last Wednesday Mrs Elliot called on the North Coast National Party State parliamentarians to speak out and stop coal seam gas (CSG) mining and exploration in the Tweed area.

"It's time to draw a line in the sand on this important environmental issue," Mrs Elliot said.

"We know the community's view.

"It is clear.

"Our community does not want Coal Seam Gas Mining and it's up to the State National Party MPs to do their job, to stand up, and stop this."

Mr McNamara said a large contingent of the 1,000 strong crowd at the CSG public meeting in Lismore last week were from the Tweed.

"It is great that Ms Elliot has decided to support her constituents and we hope that her local state counterparts Thomas George and Geoff Provest follow suit," he said.

"Ms Elliot states that CSG is entirely a state matter - but she is wrong," Mr McNamara said.

"Elements of the federal government, of which she is part, such as Minister for Resources Simon Ferguson, are strong advocates of the CSG industry.

"She needs to challenge the distorted world view promoted by Mr Ferguson.

"She should stand publicly beside Page MP Janelle Saffin in the Federal Labor caucus and give the same message of opposition to CSG.

"I look forward to seeing a speech from Mrs Elliot in the Federal Parliament in which she publicly declares her opposition to CSG and calls on her government colleagues to adopt a similar position."

Topics:  csg, environment, fracking, justine elliot, labor, mining industry, tweed



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