Candidates chosen for Stop CSG Party
STOP CSG Party founder Gordon Fraser has declared the CSG industry "un-Australian" following his nomination as a Senate candidate in the upcoming Federal election.
On Friday the newly-registered party announced three Senate candidates - in NSW, Queensland, and Victoria - with another candidate in the ACT Senate race still being finalised.
The party's Queensland candidate is Brian Monk, the former psychiatric nurse and Tara region landholder turned outspoken critic of the CSG industry.
Victorian candidate Roger Thorowgood is a builder and environmentalist who played a lead role in campaigning against a major Gippsland desalination plant built by the Victorian government.
Membership of the party has recently passed 23,000.
Mr Fraser likened the appeal of Stop CSG Party to the way the broader anti-CSG movement had united people of different political backgrounds across the nation.
"Our hope is that we will attract voters who have felt let down by Labor, confused by the Coalition, and won't vote for the Greens," he said. "We have a very clear focus on stopping CSG without the baggage of a bunch of other policies."
Mr Fraser sounded a warning about future legislation by state governments he said was designed to ease the passage of major CSG projects.
In NSW, a variation to the NSW State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) currently on public display would make landholders' rights and other considerations "subservient" to economic considerations, he said.
"The greatest impact on their decision-making in future will be on the basis of the economic value of the resource."
He also said the NSW Government was offering councils the opportunity to "opt-out" of restrictions on CSG within 2km of residential zones.
Explaining the "un-Australian" tag, Mr Fraser pointed to Queensland gas producer QGC, entirely owned by UK gas giant British Gas.
"It is un-Australian to let a multinational come in and take away the future of the land," he said.
"We're concerned about clean air, clean water, clean soil, healthy food, and political transparency."