Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton received a surprise visit this morning from local residents and supporters at the Boggabri MAC Village who handed him a “Call to Country” as part of a Lock the Gate National Day of Action.
Every electorate office in the country will receive Lock the Gate visits today and a press conference is being held at Parliament House in Canberra to launch a nation-wide call for national reforms on coal and gas ahead of the federal election.
“There have been near-unanimous votes against coal-seam gas in communities throughout the Parkes electorate but Mark Coulton is still toeing the party line,” said Jonathan Moylan, a spokesperson for Front Line Action on Coal.
Speaking from Parliament House, Lock the Gate President Drew Hutton said that the movement’s membership would be mobilised ahead of the election to ensure its policies were supported.
“We have mobilised many thousands of Australians in the struggle against coal and coal seam gas and we intend to use this support to pressure parliamentarians and the political parties to support the Call to Country,” Mr. Hutton said.