Tuesday, February 19, 2013

One step forward, two back

Our state government has made a whole string of bad, dodgy, questionable decisions over the past year. Two of them in the news currently are going in opposite directions.

They're backtracking now on coal seam gas plans after community anger over the original plans.

Premier Barry O'Farrell now says: "Families in residential areas should not have to worry about their quality of life being affected by the noise, visual impacts and other effects of coal seam gas mining".

Well, quite. But that thought should have applied from the beginning, not just after the electorate told him in no uncertain terms what they thought of his plans.

All activity within two kilometres of residential areas and 'industry clusters', including horse breeders and wine producers, will be banned.  There'll also be a review by the Chief Scientist of all coal seam gas activity in NSW, including the effect on water catchments.

That all should have been done in the beginning, but better late than never I suppose.

Another bad decision is going in the other direction, getting worse.

It's the shonky deal with the  Shooters and Fishers Party to allow hunting in national parks.

The dangers to other park visitors and the certainty of animal cruelty are obvious in the deal but new plans are even worse. That is to allow children as young as twelve to hunt with not only guns but also with bows and arrows.

Children killing and maiming with bows and arrows!

If there was ever a deal that needs to be called off it's this one with the Shooters & Fishers.

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