In today's *Tamworth* newspaper...
Two cities, two forums, two very receptive audiences.
In Tamworth at Midday for 'The Great Debate' at the Capitol Theatre fielding questions from Journalists and the Audience. Fossil fuels, Marriage equality and TAFE were among the topics covered.
Then to Armidale for the New England Energy Futures Forum where we heard from a panel of professionals, experts and activists on energy, CSG, health and economics. Candidates answered questions from the floor and the panel. At the end of the discussion the potential pollies were put to the test with a live poll - putting the Greens way ahead!
Don't just take my word for it...the Australia Institute attitudes survey found that in New England 72% favour renewables, and want to stop the Liverpool Plains coal mine:
On World Environment Day, only the Greens are promising to stop new coal mines in Australia.
Barnaby Joyce's sole condition on approving new coal is that it not affect farmland.
Tony Windsor's sole condition on approving new coal is the 'water trigger'.
But the Greens say, if we want to limit dangerous global warming and save the Great Barrier Reef, we must commit to no new coal mines or CSG anywhere in Australia.
NBN covered the rally, with 300 people out in Tamworth on a cold Sunday, plus a rally call from yours truly:
The first day of the election campaign was the last day of coal-fired power generation in South Australia.
We can switch to a 100% renewable NSW. John Kaye showed us how it could be done.
Yet Barnaby Joyce, Tony Windsor and Labor are all OK with opening more coal mines elsewhere in Australia, outside New England.
It will take a Greens vote to bring in the renewables future.
Tell your friends!