PEP11 review a bad joke

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”.

David Abrahams

Independent Candidate for Robertson

HG Nelson’s Pollie Punch Up

Join us for a few rounds of political debate and see who’ll throw the first punch…

Federal Election campaigning is in full swing with pre-poll open in Gosford from this week and Woy Woy plus Kincumber from next week.

One of the biggest topics for this year’s election is Climate Change so let me throw my views and actions at you on this topic or on other areas of interest; Local Infrastructure, pensions, youth or our own university, our own industries and local jobs.

One punch I will block is the ‘must stop’ Seismic Testing and Oil Rigs off our coast, indeed the need to examine any new fossil few activities. This is a round close to my heart.

If you’re at Save Our Coast’s “Hands across the Sand” event that day just pop up to the surf club for refreshments afterwards. If you are coming specifically for the event, there is plenty of parking around. But don’t be late or you may miss out on a spot inside.

I am looking forward to seeing you there!

Information at my Campaign FaceBook page.

Surfers, fishers & Coasties must Unite to stop PEP11

The Independent candidate for Robertson and local businessman, David Abrahams, today called for an end to all oil and gas exploration off the beaches of the Central Coast. In an fresh development, Abrahams called on all candidates for joint political action to stop further exploration for oil and gas and the revocation of the Federal Government’s Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 [PEP 11].

I read with horror in the Coast Community News the company Asset Energy’s commitment to start exploration off Broken Bay in the coming months, despite community opposition.

Umina, Ocean Beach, Killcare, Terrigal and Pearl Beach would be in the worst position if the fish, whale and dolphins were affected by explosive underwater testing. We run the risk of beached whales, and mass fish deaths washing up on these beaches, thanks to the East Australian Currents.

Mr Abrahams said, “No-one wants ruined fishing grounds and oily beaches, no-one wants oil-soaked pelicans, no-one wants a ruined surfing environment, no-one wants dead whales and dolphins on our conscience”.
Mr Abrahams asked, “If no-one of us want these horrors, why not join together and show the Central Coast community that politicians can work together for the community and need not always be at each others’ throats competing, fighting, scoring cheap points.

Mr Abrahams argued, “I would like to see a joint deputation to the Prime Minister & Opposition Leader, comprising Lucy Wicks [Liberal], Ann Charlton [Labor], Cath Connor [Greens] and myself [Independent] and other candidates to cancel this before it becomes unstoppable.

“The reasons for trashing PEP 11 are obvious”, said Mr Abrahams.
“First, the history of oil exploration is littered with accidents that ruin environments for decades”.
“Second, Big Oil & Gas is a big contributor to perilous Global Warming and Australia needs to stop being the international pariah and start being a future orientated smart nation that leads, not follows”.
“Third, the Federal Committee overseeing the licence conditions NOPSEMA is deliberately preventing local residents’ views being taken into account by not holding any community consultations in the area, instead holding briefings in difficult to access locations both in Newcastle and Sydney.”

I am assisting the community organisation Save Our Coast organise a mass hand holding event, between Ocean Beach and Umina Beach Surf Clubs on May 5 at 12 noon.

Mr Abrahams said, ”The area has much to lose with oil rigs dotted along our beaches and coast. PEP 11 is a bad plan. I suggest a good plan … a rare and unified political unity in defence of community interests would be a powerful act of community-based concern. Let’s do it.”

I encourage all locals to attend the event and make a strong statement to the government about this outrageous assault on our coastal way of life.

Authorised by David Abrahams, Independent Candidate for Robertson

The No Preferences Independent

“So, where are your preferences going?” is one of the most frequent questions I am asked.

The short answer is “I will not be advising voters on preferences. I will leave it to each voter to do what they feel is best themselves.”

Preference advice in the form of ‘How to Vote’ cards is not an official document, these are political party documents. I am not a political party and so I will not be involved in preference deals.

Preference advice is essentially a marketing ploy played by the parties to influence the outcome of the election in their favor or to block other parties.

What ‘preference advice’ does do is disenfranchise voters, by attempting to fool them into voting differently than they would have other wise done themselves.

True to my method of decision making I’ve discussed this with community members closely, my decision has been validated by almost everyone I’ve discussed it with.

Campaign Launch – Re-Start Robertson

Please join me for my official campaign launch for the seat of Robertson. I’m dubbing the launch ‘Re-Start Robertson’ to highlight the opportunities that change and renewal.

I will be presenting my positive plan for the Central Coast. A plan that builds on the locally developed Community Plan for our Central Coast.

I will also present a new governance model for running a local parliamentary office. One that focuses on community research and follow up instead of marketing and promotion.

Join fellow supporters, volunteers, specialist organisers and guest speakers for a cup of tea and a chat about good community policies.

Drop in too if you’ve put yourself down to help out on election day or before.

I’ll also share some fascinating insights into running for parliament as an Independent.

The event will be held at the Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre on Sunday April 7, between 1 pm and 5pm.


(a) via my Facebook page

(b) through our Contact Form

A Central Coast University

It’s time for a University of the Central Coast.
Offshoot campuses of far flung Universities is no longer good enough.

Why? We have low educational attainment rates, low household incomes AND 40,000 commuters leave the region daily to find the jobs to keep their families going.

We are the 3rd largest region in NSW, the 9th largest in Australia and the only sizable region without a locally run University or TAFE.

A Central Coast University – focused on local industry development in for example; Arts, Food, Marine Science, Australian History, Advanced Manufacturing & Smart Cities would unquestionably develop local industry, investment, employment and opportunities for the region’s citizens young and old.

This local university policy is part of comprehensive plan for the Central Coast – A locally focused plan to build Central Coast industry, local employment and household incomes.

The decades old culture of political apologies and compromise has not served the region well.

See the the full suite of community created policies at the campaign website

Future Focused Central Coast Industry

Each time a commuter jumps on a train or drives out of our region for the day the Central Coast looses a mind, a wallet, a carer and a thinker.

On the other hand the wages, sales and experience that our commuters brings back to the Coast keeps their households going.

Of course, the ideal situation is a locally based workplace that offers the high wage, interesting work s and lucrative contracts of the city.

There are some lucky people that achieve this perfect balance and they are some of the happiest professionals I meet.

The reverse is also true. While almost approx 40,000 locals commute each day most of them would rather work closer to home if they could maintain their pay level. Many indeed would be happy to take a pay cut.

As a region we have; some of the lower household incomes in NSW, a low employment participation rate, the highest rates of relationship break up and low high education attainment rates.

Education and employment are key to the success of any region and the very best way of increasing household incomes is to promote and assist the development of stable permanent employment in profitable, future focused industries.

To grow such industries we need a future focused & skilled workforce. That is why I am calling for our own University and TAFE, not an offshoot of a far flung university and TAFE. Our own institutions would work with local industries to grow both investment and employment.

To grow future industries we need world class internet, super fast, reliable, stable and affordable. That is why I continue to advocate for Gigabit Internet access on the Central Coast. I’m also advocating to upgrade the NBN for many of us that missed the world class fibre optic cable roll-out.

To grow future industries we must value our natural advantages and assets. That is why I am we must defend and improve our truly unique natural and cultural environment. Our high quality water and air make us increasingly attractive for food production, tourism, health, entertainment and service industries.

Local industries need our support more than we generally acknowledge. A person or group of people with a good local idea that fits the local future industries profile should be encouraged as far as possible. Buy their products, spread their good news and congratulate them when they win.

A Central Coast Plan vs Election Promises

The Central Coast has suffered more than most regions as a result of the ugly battle between the two major political parties.

Promises, Promises

The parties are desperate, throwing around promises and commitments to spend our public money.

All this while the region suffers incredible challenges in family stress, housing, under-employment, telecommunications, roads & transport and the environment.

Yet these moribund political parties offer bits and pieces in the form of election promises, more often blaming each other for the very real problems in our region.

There is no planning, no complete consultation with community specialists, no public debate.

Instead we see party candidates jumping in front of cameras, holding big cheques or ‘hijacking’ community events, effectively dividing locals into two groups of for & against.

A Plan is Different

A plan is more than a word or a media stunt or a selfie in front of a community group.

A real plan requires research, discussion and debate. It needs discipline and the of building agreement.

A plan takes time and requires a large degree of intellectual honesty, sadly something that our political parties have all but abandoned.

A Plan is a strategy for the successful completion of a project goal.

The Central Coast suffers because there is no singular plan. There are at least three uncoordinated plans, one for each level of government.

The NSW government sees the Central Coast as a land use issue, primarily an overflow area for Sydney’s population boom.

The Federal Government sees the Central Coast as a place to save money. Pealing back hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure programs such as the NBN & Youth Training leaving the region hopelessly divided.

The local government has engaged in some serious planning processes and holds the greatest prospect for solutions in some areas.

Though the Council has yet to seek a mandate from locals on their plans. The political parties are starting to cause deep divisions within the council and that threatens to cause.

These observations have been formed watching all flavors of governments treat the region with political contempt. Leaving the Central Coast with a culture that discourages planning and encourages cheap political promises.

It was for this reason that in 2016 a team of locals started a legitimate non-party political planning process called the Community Plan Central Coast.

The CPCC process has resulted in a comprehensive 18 part policy plan, not a perfectly complete plan but a solid plan and a process that offers very real solutions that negates knee jerk policy by election promise.