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State Election Candidates Mackillop electorate

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 8:50 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 6TH MARCH 2014

 

QUESTIONNAIRE ON UNCONVENTIONAL GAS, OIL AND COAL

 

MacKillop will be contested by 5 candidates:

 

Donella Peters The Greens

Bill Pomery Family First

Terry Soulmatis Aust Labor Party

Mitch Williams Liberal Party

Steve Davies Independent

Each candidate received a questionnaire containing three questions concerning unconventional gas, oil and coal and landowners and farmers rights. Candidates were asked to respond with a YES or NO and then offer their commitment, if elected, to work in the House to achieve the results according to their answers.

 

The campaign director, Dr Catherine Pye from Mount Gambier believes the signed commitment to be essential in discovering genuine candidates. Her campaign offered to give as much publicity as possible to the survey results. The campaign was run with the support of Community Action for Sustainability Inc and the Limestone Coast Strike Out Alliance Inc name change pending to Limestone Coast Protection Alliance Inc.

 

Questions:

 

1. Will you work for and vote in the House, for a two-year moratorium on unconventional gas, oil and coal exploration and mining, during which time the State Minister must appoint a genuinely independent expert panel, to prepare a report on the future and long term impact of unconventional gas, oil and coal exploration and mining, including fracking, on water quality and quantity, human and animal health, air and soil health, climate change and local economies.

2. Will you work for and vote in the House, for the rights of farmers and land owners to say NO to exploration and mining on their land.

3. Will you work for and vote in the House, for the creation of 'no-go zones' which provide a permanent ban on unconventional gas, oil and coal expansion in key locations for agriculture, health or water in SA. These zones would include important water resource, farming (land and water), and conservation areas and include an appropriate buffer around homes.

 

Results:

The Greens Donella Peters answered YES to all three questions.

 Family First answered Yes to all three questions with qualifications: Q1 Yes, but a moratorium only in SE, Q2, YES with a mining ombudsmen to decide on farmers rights: Q3 YES Strategic cropping areas for food and water, but not sure if they include conservation areas.

Liberals Q1 NO, but an inquiry into unconventional gas, Q2 NO, Q3, NO

Labour Q1 No, Q2, NO, Q3 No

Independent Steve Davies Q1 NO, Q2 NO; Q3 YES, but we are aware that Steve is a supporter of GAS development from his comments in local media

Every effort has been made to present the questionnaire in a fair manner.

 

Election comment authorised and distributed by

Dr Catherine Pye, PO Box 9323, Mount Gambier West, 5290, 0428399441

For Limestone Coast Protection Alliance and Community Action for Sustainability.

Categories: Political Issues

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