As soon as election over National Party attacks Knitting Nannas and democracy
MEDIA RELEASE - 10 April 2015
The Greens NSW coal seam gas spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said that a complaint by National Party officials, which has led to a warning from police to Knitting Nannas who have staged weekly peaceful knitting sessions outside Nationals member for Lismore, Thomas George, in protest against coal seam gas, is a ridiculous attack on the democratic right to peaceful protest and Deputy Premier Troy Grant should clarify whether his party and government want the Nannas shut down.
“As soon as the election is over the first move of the National Party has been to try to use the cops to shut down a peaceful group of people knitting outside their local member’s office.
“This ridiculous attack on our democratic right to protest is a desperate attempt by the National Party to stop opposition to coal seam gas so that they can roll out toxic gasfields across our state.
“If the National Party wants to ban knitting in the street then I can only imagine what their response will be to the level of protest they can expect if coal seam gas is allowed to return to the Northern Rivers.
“Police Minister Troy Grant needs to clarify whether he and the Nationals want the Knitting Nannas shut down and whether his government supports the right to peaceful protest.
“The issue of coal seam gas is bigger than the state election. As much as the National Party might wish the issue would go away now the election is over, they are kidding themselves if they think communities will stop protesting while there are still toxic coal seam gas licenses in NSW,” Mr Buckingham said.
Contact: Jack Gough - 9230 2202 or 0427 713 101