Monday, 29 October 2007

Save Killalea Park

This area, known to Illawarra residents as "The Farm" (Killalea State Park) is a lovely combination of a park and beach, just near Shellharbour.That is the problem. The NSW Government is proposing to lease the park to a private consortium, for the development of a resort within the Killalea State Park. But don't worry it is not "selling" the park, and it is only for 52 years, not "permanently".
Are you OK with that reassurance?
You should not be. It is a total travesty of a "State Park", which once had the status of a Nature Reserve. Now it is being privatised.

Many people turned up on Sunday lunchtime to protest the threats to Killalea Park.
Unfortunately, the main organisers of the Save Killalea rally are naive, amateur politicians. With 350 people turning up to a political rally, 4 weeks out from a Federal Election, to have the speakers standing behind a poster which reads: "Labor is the problem" is totally irresponsible.
While, at the State level I concede that the NSW State Labor Government has been a disaster for the environment, with their pro-development attitude, particularly with Frank Sartor, as Minister for Planning. However, at the Federal election (and we are in a Federal election campaign period), there is surely no greater threat to the environment than the Liberal Party. After all, it is John Howard who is pushing for the introduction of Nuclear Power Stations in Australia. What greater threat is there, than that?

The organisers of this rally are mostly Greens supporters, and that is legitimate, and I admire their view of the world (generally). But how stupid are they to allow themselves to stand behind such a sign? There were many people wearing "Your rights at work" T-shirts there, yesterday - presumably Labor Party supporters. I realise that there is an assumption in my statement, but having spoken with some of those people, I stand by that view. And so, with a mixed audience like that (not exclusively Greens Supporters) the "Labor is the problem" sign is very damaging, in the context of the Federal Election.

And anyway, the Greens Party had announced, just days before, that they had done a deal to give preferences to the Labor Party in the lower house election, in return for vital Labor Preferences in the Senate.

So the sign was not just naive, and simplistic, and inappropriate (given the timing) - it was also inconsistent with the Greens Party's own political approach in this election.

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