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o’Farrell government attacks farmers concerned about Csg
Planning Minister Brad Hazzard has launched an extraordinary attack on farmers across NSW – claiming the Farmers Association is ‘irrelevant’ because of their opposition to Coal Seam Gas and his strategic land use policy.
shadow Planning Minister, Linda Burney said. “The Planning Minister can hardly criticise the people of regional NsW for highlighting a series of broken election promises in his strategic land use policy.” The Planning Minister has shown no respect for his own consultation process with his attack on the farmers who disagree with his policy.
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Planning Minister Brad Hazzard has launched an extraordinary attack on farmers across NsW – claiming the Farmers association is ‘irrelevant’ because of their opposition to Coal seam gas and his strategic land use policy. Hazard told the aBC news that
farmers, “should buy relevance and get back in the process instead of just sniping from the sidelines.” “Farmers have every right to be angry – the strategic land use policy delivered by the o’Farrell government couldn’t be further from what they were promised by the Premier prior to the election,”
The contribution of all stakeholders needs to be considered. NsW cannot have a senior o’Farrell government Minister attacking one side of the equation just because he doesn’t like what they have to say. Recently the National Party was forced to make a submission opposing its own government policy because it is such a resounding departure from its election commitments.
threat to DPi jobs in orange
speaking in orange, Labor shadow minister for Primary industries, steve Whan demanded the o’Farrell government and nationals member andrew gee keep their promise to retain all jobs at the local Department of Primary industries office. “on at least two occasions the NsW Primary industries Minister has refused to confirm that she and the o’Farrell government will keep their promise,” steve Whan said. During the election campaign, andrew gee was unequivocal there would be no jobs cuts at the DPi in orange under an o’Farrell government. “The question is why is he backing away from this promise now and calling on his own government to keep to this commitment? This is hardly the sign of a local member valued and respected by his coalition colleagues,” steve Whan said.
Source: Central Western Daily 27.04.12
DeveLoPing eFFeCtive regionaL PoLiCy
o’Farrell government silent on radioactive Pacific Highway site
serious questions need to be answered after suspected radioactive material was unearthed by the Pacific Highway, north of Port macquarie. Road workers were hospitalised after coming into contact with the material. The NsW Labor opposition revealed the tender documents for the Pacific Highway at Herons Creek included a requirement to remove contaminated waste from the site. Why did the o’Farrell government fail to get it removed before it was unearthed by road workers? “it is now clear why it took the Minister more than two weeks to come clean about the incident and announce an investigation – he didn’t want anyone to find out that the o’Farrell government knew about the contaminated waste all along,” John Robertson said. Roads Minister Duncan gay knows a whole lot more about this issue than he is letting on.
steve Whan writes …
i had the pleasure of spending a couple of days recently at the sustaining rural Communities conference in narrabri. The key questions we need to think about are what are we trying to achieve? Are we trying for the grand vision, overcoming the imbalance of population that sees our coastal areas overwhelmed with a difficult infrastructure task? Or are we just trying to ensure our small country towns are still there and that there is someone there to produce our food and minerals in a few years time? It’s really only the Whitlam Government that has gone anywhere even close to the first, with regional growth centres and the Department of Urban and Regional Development. Personally I admire that sort of vision, but I’m not confident that we will see anything like that in the next decade. How much should government’s intervene? Obviously there are limits. We won’t see good results if we encourage a culture of blaming government for perceived problems and expecting government to fix it. A community that sits angrily waiting for the government to fix their problem will probably end up disappearing. What works are communities who come up with – and drive – their own solutions, they
leverage whatever government assistance and advice is available and they usually have great feedback on how to improve the delivery of government services. NSW Labor made a start on that with the ‘Building the Country’ program a few years ago but I accept that it needed to be developed further. Our Labor colleagues in the Bracks and Brumby Government’s did it in a much more comprehensive way with their ‘blueprint’ policy for regional Victoria. The O’Farrell Government has, so far, gone nowhere near the ideal with a series of one-liners like ‘the decade of decentralisation’ that have no cohesive policy detail. Our challenge is to make regional policy something that is properly thought through and produces long-term results. this is a condensed version of steve’s blog. to read the full version visit www.countrylabor.com.au.
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