21 August 2015
FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce as thrown his support behind a Liverpool Plains farmers’ day of action.
“To all the farmers of the Liverpool Plains and to all the supporters – I wish you all the very best today,” Mr Joyce said.
“It’s everybody’s right to make sure that they clearly ventilate the issues of concern they have about the Shenhua Mine.
“As you know these are also concerns that I have held for years, and it is vitally important that these concerns are not only heard locally but heard far and wide. And today we are reinforcing the concerns locally and I will continue to voice the concerns about this mining project in the middle of our best agricultural land far and wide.
“I am sorry I could not be there today. As Agriculture Minister I have to attend the third meeting of the Indonesian-Australian Partnership on Food Security in the Red Meat and Cattle Sector in Sydney.
“But even this morning I was speaking on national radio voicing your concerns, and I will continue to do that.
“What we have to remember is that the debate about coal mining is not a binary argument; you don’t have to be either for or against coal mining.
“There are certain places where coal mining is appropriate and certain places where it is not.
“You don’t have bathrooms all over the house, just as you don’t eat ice cream at all times of the day. This is about whether a mine should be built on the Liverpool Plains and I have always argued that it is not the right place for a mine,” Mr Joyce said.