Sure - the demonstration on May 18th to block access to a drilling site on a Lismore farm will attract the "usual suspects" - but many of the protestors will include farmers, and other citizens who made up a 60 percent vote against CSG mining at the most recent local government elections./p>
It will be interesting to see if riot squad officers from Sydney can identify the hitherto law-abiding citizens from a sea of 7,000 anonymous faces at the Bentley Blockade.
The exploration licence was approved by disgraced former Labor Energy Minister Ian McDonald in 2006 and again by his Liberal Party successor Chris Hartcher. Both men are at the centre of major corruption investigations into dodgy deals with mining companies.
The cops are busy heralding their proactivity in other areas of law enforcement but were a little slow out of the blocks this time.
www.news.com.au political editor Malcolm Farr and the Sydney Morning Herald's Paul Sheehan both made great points about the propensity of the police to be a little too discretionary.
Within 24 hours the Premier had appointed the former Fair Trading Minister Stuart Ayres as the replacement for the sacked Michael Gallacher. Mr Ayres has been busy playing the role of Captain Consumer - but only time will tell if he can defy his relative youth and inexperience to lead the government's big blue gang.
Given the massive storage capacity of an IPhone 5 - this mobile device becomes a virtual hard drive for an individual's brain - arguably storing more information than its owners could ever hope to recall from their God-given memories. Let's hope the civil libertarians win this one before a disturbing precedent is set in other corners of the "free" world, including our own.
A hotel receipt emerged to prove he was interstate at the time - and his release follows a wider review of unsafe prosecutions. Yet another compelling argument against capital punishment. Read more here.
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