After a rally in Parramatta Park today, the Bob Brown Foundation’s Stop Adani Convoy of vehicles is heading north to Coffs Harbour and, tomorrow, Brisbane. The convoy aims for the election on 18 May to become a vote-changer on stopping billionaire Gautam Adani’s mine.
Labelled ‘do-gooders and bludgers’ by resources minister Matt Canavan, the convoy includes Tesla-owning doctors, farmers and other business-people concerned that coal-induced global heating threatens the nation’s future economic, employment and environmental best interests. Greens leader Richard Di Natale has joined the convoy over Easter.
‘A difference between me and Matt is that he grew up in the city and I grew up in the bush. Another is that predictions that the coal-worsened climate emergency may rob the Murray-Darling basin of 90% of its food productivity in the lifetimes of Australia’s schoolkids worry me but not him. That’s despite the jobs-rich renewable energy option being so readily and safely available. A third difference is that I accept the Great Barrier Reef is already half-dead from multiple factors including burning coal but Matt Canavan doesn’t have a clue about how to save the reef or the 64,000 jobs dependent on it,’ Bob Brown said in Sydney this morning.
Iconic Australian artist Ben Quilty, international best-selling novelist Di Morrissey and renowned composer Nigel Westlake have added their support to the convoy as it heads north to Queensland. While more than 800 people are signed up to join parts of the convoy’s 5000 km route to Canberra on 5 May, the convoy leaving Sydney today includes 400 people and 180 cars with a vanguard of seven electric vehicles.
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