Labor’s ‘review’ on oil and gas exploration a bad joke
David Abrahams, local businessman and Independent Candidate for Robertson has called federal Labor Candidate Anne Charlton’s announcement that Labor would review the Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 a bad joke and a slap in the face of the community. “In this election period the community wants a cancellation, not a review.” he said “The Council and and NSW parliament are against this, so why doesn’t Labor join us?” “This announcement reminds me of the Monty Python Dead Parrot skit where a dead parrot is being sold to a customer”
Abrahams who has been leading the local campaign since December to stop the oil and gas exploration off Central Coast, Sydney and Newcastle beaches. “I helped organise the peaceful rally on Umina beach on Sunday week back, 1800 people rolled up on a cold morning to make a stand” he said. “Anne Charlton and MP Lucy Wicks chose not to attend though of course they heard about it”.
“The Labor and Liberal parties are in lock step on this issue” he said. “Both express confidence in the federal regulator NOPSEMA. Though I have discovered NOPSEMA is not a regulator,
they are an industry advisory board to the Minister for Resources. The Minister makes the decisions”‘Therefore it is a political decision and we are in an election” adding”That is why since January I have been trying to bring all candidates on the Central Coast to the table on a true unity ticket on this, all have come on board except the Labor and Liberal Parties, why is that?”
Explosive seismic exploration off the Central Coast is expected to occur this year after the election. Proponent, West Australian based Asset Energy is on record saying they
Explosive seismic exploration off the Central Coast is expected to occur this year after the election. Proponent, West Australian based Asset Energy is on record saying they considered the 4000 square kilometre zone potentially Australia’s next Bass Strait. Documents lodged with the Australian Securities Exchange clearly show their intentions.
“If they proceed, this would mean ongoing coastal degradation complete with fish kills, whale strandings, dozens of oil/gas rigs, ongoing blasting and very likely mean petroleum spills that would ruin local fishing, birdlife and beaches”. “This would devastate our local tourism industry and damage coastal property prices.”
Abrahams says “I know both Lucy Wicks MP and Labor candidate Anne Charleston have expressed their personal opposition to the exploration, though both have their hands tied by their federal parties, this effectively allows the proposal to proceed” further adding “to me this demonstrates why party politics has such a bad name, they ignore their communities and are loyal to the parties first and foremost”.
“One reason I chose to stand as a community Independent was this dishonest behaviour by the major parties. They say they ‘fight for the Coast’ but in reality and action they fight for their party and themselves, not the community that elects them” … “That is a bad joke, a joke we should not be laughing at”.
Independent Candidate for Robertson