Hopefully, Tony Abbott won’t label me an “Environmental Vigilante”.
I am not “directly affected” by a giant hole in the ground in Queensland or Leongatha South, or a gas well in Seaspray. I am concerned about the direction our country is headed in.
Due process needs to be followed. The Federal Government should let people do what they are legally entitled to do and accept the decisions of the appropriate judiciary.
The impact of a tip or a coalmine isn’t limited to an adjacent property – it affects everyone down wind, downstream and along the road.
Every citizen should be able to express their concerns, even if they are at odds with a Prime Minister.
Local people need to have input into this process. One of the lessons of the Gippsland South by-election was that people in this area will vote for candidates who reflect their values.
Korumburra is a good example. An Independent gained 10 per cent of the vote at this booth due to the absence of a Labor candidate and a marked drop in votes for the incumbent party.
People crave local consultation. The establishment of the South Gippsland ALP branch will open up debate and help to give a voice to locals.
Active representatives, such as Harriet Shing, who consult widely with this constituency, are a breath of fresh air.
They can ensure that our values are reflected in the actions of our government.
Geoff Ellis, Wattle Bank.