The Australian Labor Party’s New South Wales (NSW) division has announced this week that it will move away from its corresponding climate change agenda in the country and will not support a ban on further mining in the Upper Hunter region.
Jodi McKay, leader of the NSW Labor Party, Announcement Candidates for the upper hunter by-elections.
“We don’t support the mine moratorium. Let’s get it out of the way,” McKay said.
NSW Labor has come to the fore with announcing that it will run a former proud miner and his candidate Jeff Drayton. Drayton is the District Vice President of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Coalition (CFMEU).
Mr McKay said the by-elections were about the future of coal in the region, but denied that her declaration undermines the party’s position on climate change and environmental issues.
“What’s frustrating to me is that if you’re in this corner, you probably can’t accept it,” McKay said.
“We need to pursue renewable energy, which we all know, but we also need to ensure that the employment of the coal industry is protected,” she said.
McKay also remembers that Australia has a vibrant coal export industry in need of assistance and people should really thank industry workers for the thriving New South Wales economy. He said it was important to keep it.
Coal is an important issue in by-elections, caused by the resignation of former Kuomintang lawmaker Michael Johnson. Johnson was forced to resign after being found to be the subject of a police investigation that attacked a female sex worker in 2019. He has also been accused of sending a lascivious message to the same woman.
Calling himself a “proud miner,” Drayton said he was fed up with the coal industry and those who attacked it.
“Every time I open the newspaper, every time I turn on the TV, I see someone going to the miners,” he said. “It has to stop, and I’m going to have a bloody fight to make sure it’s done.”
New South Wales workers chose Drayton despite polls showing that the majority of the region’s population did not support the new mine.
In an Australian Institute poll conducted in the Upper Hunter constituency, 57.4% of the 668 polled residents supported the moratorium on approval of the new coal mine, compared to 35.1% who opposed the measure. I found out.
However, Drayton believes the vote does not accurately reflect the region.
“I must be talking to 600 people (people) different from what they polled,” Drayton said.
The news came after climate change advocates accused ALP of being vulnerable to coal.
Australia’s Climate Council Said ALP’s climate policy is not clear enough on the topic of coal. However, he said some of the party’s policies would reduce its dependence on that of Australia.
“Climate change is affecting Australians today,” said the Climate Council.
“ALP’s climate policy requires the current coalition government’s potential investment in fossil fuel power generation and the phasing out of domestic and export coal and gas, including the controversial Carmichael mine. The rapid and phase-out of fossil fuels is essential to effectively address climate change. “
The Climate Council believes that ALP needs to provide Australia with a “clear climate adaptation strategy” and address the changes needed to keep Australia away from fossil fuel technology.
He believes Drayton’s campaign will also focus on expanding the state’s manufacturing sector and answer any reductions the coal industry may face in the future.