The commencement this week of the light rail extension from Liylfield to Dulwich Hill is testament to years of grassroots campaigning. Popular, practical and environmentally-positive there are many people claiming credit for it. However it’s undeniable that the Greens, and in particular the Greens MP for Balmain Jamie Parker, played a big part in getting this new tramway up and running.
Another win was AGL and Santos signing what’s called a gentleman’s agreement not to force their way onto farms for CSG fracking. Yes, it’s not law and companies like Metgasco haven’t signed. Nevertheless, like earlier victories in this campaign, it’s proof that the efforts of those blockaders – including many Greens - at Bentley and Maules Creek this week are not in vain. Grassroots democracy in action does work.
- Hall Greenland, NSW Convenor.