The Punch has this afternoon contacted former Greens leader Bob Brown, who is currently aboard the Steve Irwin as leader of a Sea Shepherd mission in the waters off WA’s Kimberley coast.
We’ll update this post as soon as we hear back, but the gist of our inquiry is his response to a letter from an aboriginal elder, begging him to abandon his whale-saving mission and consider the interests of local aboriginal people.
Some background. Brown has abandoned his traditional Kathmandu fleecey tops for tropical apparel as he seeks to block on environmental grounds the proposed Browse LNG project at James Price Point, which at a cost of $45 billion would be the world’s largest gas project.
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Australia’s burgeoning liquified natural gas industry is no laughing matter for Central Queensland farmers faced with falling property prices and a growing maze of gas wells on prime agricultural land.
With the recent green light for two controversial multi-billion dollar LNG projects, and a third granted conditional State Government approval this week, a national land rights organization has urged landholders to exercise “extreme caution” in dealing with gas exploration ventures.
Many farmers themselves are madder than Jumping Jack Flash and threatening a “Lock the Gate” campaign.
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