Government labels farmers  “eco- fascists” with draconian new laws to benefit mining companies


MEDIA RELEASE –
7 March  2016

The Greens today condemned the creation of draconian new offences to target anti-CSG and coal protesters and called on Premier Mike Baird to distance himself from the comments of his Resources Minister, Anthony Roberts who labelled farmers and others protecting land and water from coal seam gas as “eco-fascists”.

Greens MP and Mining Spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said:

“Many of those taking direct action against coal seam gas projects are farmers who feel they must act to protect the land and water from being poisoned or destroyed.  They are Australian patriots, not ‘eco-fascists’.

“I’ve sat next to a 64 year old farmer with a lock around his neck and the gates of Santos’ project out of concern for water resources and his family’s farming future.

“To label these patriots ‘eco-fascists’ is wrong and offensive, and Premier Mike Baird should distance himself from the ill-informed and shameful comments of Resources Minister Anthony Roberts.

“The Baird Government is showing its true colours by siding big mining interests against patriotic Australians seeking to protect land, water and communities.

“Does Mike Baird care more about paying back his political donors in the mining industry, and doing the bidding of his former Chief of Staff, Stephen Galilee, who now runs the Minerals Council of NSW, than he does about farmers and communities in regional NSW?”

Greens MP and Police Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“This is part of a pattern from the Coalition of evermore aggressive policing and constantly expanding police powers to crack down on protest and attack our civil liberties. NSW must not become a police state.

“These expanded police powers go well beyond coal seam gas protests and will extend across the state to clamp down on protests as diverse as WestConnex, recreational hunting and Forestry.

“I wonder if Baird even notices the irony when his right wing government proposes massive increases in police powers and then describes democratic protestors as ‘fascists’?

“The Greens will being opposing these expanded police powers under the Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Act because, put simply, we believe in democracy and the right to protest.” Mr Shoebridge said.

5 comments

  • These developments must be publicised on local radio, in newspapers, anywhere. Indeed NSW and other states too are becoming more and more puppets of big corporations and destroying our air. and and water. No wonder some Aborigines are turning to substance abuse in despair. Let them speak up more than ever before, too.

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  • The current NSW law makes pathetic provision for landholder compensation for occupation by mining and CSG projects. I only just discovered that the generation of valuers before me had a joke about the NSW Mining Act: its compensation provisions were strongly suspected to have been written by J & A Brown (the predecessors of Coal and Allied) in the nineteenth century. This proposition is certainly supported by a read of the compensation provisions!

    Our present (and plainly youthful) hot potch of staunch conservatives (they are by no means liberals) wouldn’t be stupid enough to introduce punitive measures against landholders before legislating for proper compensation for those affected by occupation; would they?

    What do our youthful conservatives think all this nonsense does for the reputation of land titles in NSW? I think they have gone too far.

    Mike

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  • The current NSW law makes pathetic provision for landholder compensation for occupation by mining and CSG projects. I only just discovered that the generation of valuers before me had a joke about the NSW Mining Act: its compensation provisions were strongly suspected to have been written by J & A Brown (the predecessors of Coal and Allied) in the nineteenth century. This proposition is certainly supported by a read of the compensation provisions!
    Our present (and plainly youthful) hot potch of staunch conservatives (they are by no means liberals) wouldn’t be stupid enough to introduce punitive measures against landholders before legislating for proper compensation for those affected by occupation. Would they?
    What do our youthful conservatives think all this nonsense does for the reputation of land titles in NSW?
    Mike

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  • URGENT who can meet me at Sydney Parliament House in the morning early to protest this Bull SH*T by MIKE BAIRD. Legislation to be rushed through tomorrow 8th March to stop protestors protesting CSG and Mining

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  • Warwick Matchett

    This is a SERIOUS development relating to Government action and overbearing unnecessary extra powers for NSW Police. Unless the whole idea is completely rejected immediately by the Premier and senior members of the NSW Government we can safely assume it is in train and will be enacted shortly. This is UN-AUSTRALIAN! It is beyond time that the NSW Government and the Federal Government woke up and started doing what we the electors put them in their positions to do. AND it is well past time that the electors starting getting serious about dealing with these ratbags, who lie and backslide at any opportunity to get more money into the coffers. If these politicians and their minions can’t find the way forward without resorting to environmental vandalism and bully boy tactics then its time we put someone in place who can do the job required.

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