On Sunday in Tamworth I joined hundreds of New England residents for a World Environment Day rally against coal and coal seam gas. The Minister for Agriculture was nowhere to be seen.
While I discussed with New England farmers the Greens $175 million sustainable agriculture research package for the future of food and fibre production, the Member of New England has missed these CSG licenses right under his nose.
Years before CSG became a national issue that attracted headlines, Greens have supported farmers in their struggle against multi-billion dollar fossil fuel companies coming onto their land.
Twice now the Liberal-Nationals and Labor have refused farmers the right to say 'no' to fossil fuel companies. The Greens team in the Senate twice put these bills before Parliament, and the fossil fuel parties have twice blocked them.
As far back as 2008, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon was the first Australian politician to stand with farmers on the Liverpool Plains against coal and coal seam gas.
Greens have maintained that commitment all along, and I will continue to support New England farmers, working alongside Senator Rhiannon and NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.