Fight for the Reef
Fight for the Reef

Christensen attempts to silence concerns of local community and destroy Reef reliant tourism industry jobs in Mackay / Whitsundays

Feb 12, 2016A

Members of the local community have expressed concern with the bully boy tactics of LNP Member of Parliament George Christensen trying to deny local community groups the opportunity to discuss their concerns with the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister will be visiting Mackay next Monday to hear the concerns of locals and it is extraordinary that the local Member of Parliament would deny people the opportunity to attend the event.

Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director for the Australian Marine Conservation Society said that by advocating dredging in the Reef’s waters, Mr Christensen is dividing the community and choosing to back the dying coal industry rather than the growing tourism industry.

“The Great Barrier Reef is this region’s greatest asset. Groups like AMCS, Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping and others have fought tirelessly to protect the Reef from dredging and dumping in the Reef’s waters.

“We’ve sought to stand up to the massive coal mining industry, who export profits, shed jobs and threaten the future of the Reef.

“The Reef could soon face a coral bleaching event, and Mr Christensen is more determined to shut down local concerns than address the issues to the local economy.

“Banning local people who want to protect their local assets and jobs from meeting with the Prime Minister is offensive but unfortunately to be expected from Mr Christensen.

“Seeking to ban people because you disagree with them is not how democracy is supposed to work. If Mr Christensen can’t accept a diversity of views, and it is pretty clear that he can’t, he should seek to resign his position representing the views of the community.

“Mr Christensen has consistently put the interests of Adani over the interests of the tourism industry or the Reef it relies on.

“We will be writing to Malcolm Turnbull to express our concerns at the arrogant attitude of the local member and his refusal to listen to the concerns of his local electorate.

“This isn’t about us. It’s about the future of the Great Barrier Reef, the people’s jobs who rely on it and the capacity for people to have their say to the head of their elected government,”said Ms Zethoven.


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