A perfect example of the most vulgar aspect of the green movement, environment over people. [emphasis added]
KIMBERLEY Aborigines who support Woodside’s $30 billion gas hub are being racially abused as “money-hungry coconuts [says the watermelons] ” in an intensifying campaign involving hateful newsletters and graffiti attacks.
And the Aboriginal leader who helped to secure a 30-year package of indigenous benefits in exchange for a gas hub on Western Australia’s far north coast says green groups have betrayed the region’s Aborigines.
There is angst and tension in the resort town of Broome, where some of Western Australia’s poorest Aborigines live alongside residents who want the hub to go ahead at a different site, preferably 800km south in the industrialised Pilbara.
A newsletter widely distributed in Broome labels Kimberley Land Council chief executive Nolan Hunter as Woodside’s “chief coconut” for his role in securing a $1.5bn deal that will bring education, employment and social benefits to the region’s indigenous population in return for their support for the gas hub project.
The region’s indigenous Labor MP, Carol Martin, is named along with nine others in the most recent newsletter as “black on the outside, white on the inside and full of the milk of white man’s money”. She said opponents of the development showed disrespect for Aborigines’ rights to make decisions about their land.
To suggest it is “white” to support this development, as though it is a betrayal of their aboriginality is blatantly racist. The local land council has made a decision in the best interests of some of the most disadvantages Aborigines in the country, and you’ve got green groups who don’t even care.
UPDATE: Greens senator Rachel Siewert questions the going ahead of the gas hub for the sake of four bilbies. Never mind the people living in poverty. Anyway, why not move the bilbies, as Bolt points out?