Still with the ‘wind in his sails’ from the vilification of whalers, Environment Minister Ian Campbell now intends to champion coastal development – or rather coastal protection. I am not really sure which.
In the various associated media reports Campbell claims the need for a solid 30 years plan (I think the Australian coast is dying a death of a thousand cuts because state governments and local government are basically planning in two, three, five-year cycles and what we need if we’re going to save the coast is a 30-year plan…)
and then in the next breath he suggests that it is OK to use the next endangered species to get his own way (i.e. invoke environment laws protecting migratory birds, endangered species… perhaps even platypuses).
I think the Minister is shaping up to be a disaster – but probably a very popular disaster.