This is not my Australia!
If the Queensland State Labor government allows native title to be extinguished in order to give freehold title to an international mining company [Adani], then all the gains made since Mabo will be wiped out in one hit, and our national integrity will never recover.
Does the saying ‘Indian giver’ ring any bells? Or how about ‘shafted’?
At a more personal level, if Federal Labor doesn’t put pressure on the Queensland government to stop this madness, I certainly won’t be voting for them. What’s the point of Shorten making grand claims about Climate Change when this shameful business is happening right now, in our own backyard?
But before you think I’ll be voting for the Liberals, think again. It was the Liberal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, who made sure the Adani owned Carmichael Mine was re-approved just two months after the Federal Court set aside the original approval. And oddly enough, he made sure that the environmental protections written into the new approvals would actually be softer than the original ones.
So, is Greg Hunt a weak, easily swayed minister who was shafted by the pie-in-the-sky promise of 10,000 jobs [in reality 1500 only]? Or is he the lying, underhand minister intent on shafting us?
I don’t know, but it seems that both sides of government are determined to ride rough shod over all of us. Well, guess what? We don’t have to vote for either of them!
I’m not advocating that everyone vote for the Greens, but I am suggesting that we should all vote for Independents. Anyone but the Libs or Labor. They’ve all let us down and I’m furious.