Editorial - Monday, October 6: Natural is the way to go

FROM CSG gas wells on the North Coast to shooting in our National Parks, it's no secret the NSW State Government is not made up of tree huggers.

So when the Coalition announces it intends to overhaul all of the State's planning laws, Green lobby groups go into overdrive.

The debate can really be framed as comparing naturally grown sugar to artificial sweeteners created in labs.

The current planning laws have grown organically and are the product of countless legal appeals and hard fought battles with government.

Each and every one of the State Environmental Planning Policies either reflects a court ruling to protect a natural resource, or a conscious decision by government to prioritise conservation over development.

Now the State Government is telling us the whole thing can be re-created synthetically, and all environmental policies can be redrawn into one easy to read, "plain English" document.

The Coalition says it has a mandate. But personally I'd rather know what I'm being fed is natural. I avoid artificial sweeteners. I think they're often less healthy than good old sugar.

Lachlan Thompson



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