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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Why does scare-mongering worry us so much? Because it works. And it is simple to do.
This is how it is done in four easy steps: First, you must have a position of actual or perceived authority. Either’s fine.
Second you proclaim your objectivity, or your access to some knowledge that sets yourself apart from the mob. Fancy titles, having written a book, or apparently having seen something nobody else has, are all a good start.
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