Candidates oppose CSG, but ALP, Coalition back exploration
COAL seam gas exploration on the Northern Rivers is an issue that has united much of the community with more than 80% of locals against it.
It is one of the issues that will determine who wins in Page and Richmond on Saturday and our local candidates are presenting opposition to CSG on the Northern Rivers, but whether their respective party backs their view is a different issue.
Page MP Janelle Saffin is strongly opposed to CSG in our region.
"I will keep the Federal water trigger protections that the Coalition says it will undo and keep the pressure on all levels of government to keep our region CSG-free," Ms Saffin said.
However, the Labor party supports CSG exploration, subject to the water trigger amendment.
Nationals for Page Kevin Hogan said he doesn't support CSG exploration in the Northern Rivers.
"I've had a look at the industry in a more mature phase and I have reservations," Mr Hogan said.
However, the National Party supports coal seam gas exploration.
Sitting member for Richmond Justine Elliot said she saw this election as a "referendum on CSG".
Greens candidates for Richmond, Dawn Walker, and for Page, Desley Banks, said their party does not support CSG exploration in the Northern Rivers or Australia wide.
"We are the only party that doesn't want to expand the industry, so when I say no CSG, I've got the backing of the party," Ms Walker said.
Nationals for Richmond Matthew Fraser said he doesn't support CSG and "there is no commercially viable CSG in the electorate".