Launch of Liberals’ ‘Friends of Coal’ group is a slap in the face for NSW Farmers
MEDIA RELEASE – 15 July 2015
The Greens NSW mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham today condemned the launch of the ‘Friends of Coal’ group by the Liberal Party saying it was offensive to all those who are concerned about the impact of the Shenhua coal mine on farming in the Liverpool Plains, and called on National Party MPs to boycott the event.
“By Launching this ‘Friends of Coal’ group today, the NSW Liberals have shown a complete disregard for all those who want to see our food bowl in the Liverpool Plains saved from coal mining,” said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“If this is a joke, then it is a cruel joke and shows enormous insensitivity to those whose farms and communities are being threatened by coal mining.
“All National Party MPs should boycott this event,” he said.
Invite sent to all NSW parliamentarians:
On Tuesday, 11 August, on behalf of the Friends of Coal, I will be hosting a ‘Carnival of Coal’ at NSW Parliament House to declare support for coal and associated industries and to send a loud and clear message that action is needed now to protect a secure, inexpensive energy future.
Please join me at 6:30pm in the Waratah Room at Parliament House, Macquarie Street in Sydney for drinks and nibbles with leading coal industry figures.
Join with the Friends of Coal to end the war on coal and keep Australia with a jobs-rich, carbon-based energy future.
It would be great to see you drop by the Waratah Room on Tuesday, 11 August, if you have the chance.
If you cannot make it to the event on Tuesday, 11 August, you can still be a part of the movement by downloading this picture and placing it on your office door, and sharing a picture of yourself on social media and with a miner, a train driver, a power plant worker, a steel worker, a wharfie, a sailor, or any other person whose job directly benefits from the wonderful coal industry in Australia today.
Please RSVP for catering purposes.
Hon Dr Peter Phelps MLC
Government Whip in the Legislatve Council of NSW
Parliament House, Macquarie Street
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Ph: 02 9230 3462
Fx: 02 9230 3568