Letter to the Editor - Thursday, May 15: Metgasco’s army

OUR state member, Chris Gulaptis, has criticised his government's plans to reform the commercial fishing industry, citing the fact that: "I'm here to represent the people in my electorate".

I have to wonder where that loyal sentiment has been for the last two years in relation to coal seam gas mining, something an overwhelming majority of North Coast residents are opposed to.

Rather than represent those people, Mr Gulaptis has sat silently by and allowed his government to bring in large numbers of riot police at huge cost to taxpayers to arrest peaceful non-violent protectors at Glenugie and Doubtful Creek.

Now there are reports that between 600 and 800 police will be deployed next week to act as Metgasco's private army to break up the estimated 3000 protectors that plan to attend the Bentley blockade.

John Edwards,
South Grafton



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