Monday, October 5, 2009

Prime Minister had a whale of a time in Broome

As the gas emissions continue to spew into the air, the oil continues to pour into the Timor Sea from the West Atlas and dead fish are now being washed up along the beaches in Timor. These fish were collected by the local people and eaten which has resulted in food poisoning and itching skin.

Meanwhile, back in Broome, our Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd called in to touch base with Kerry Stokes (A Media Man) who has a residence overlooking Cable Beach in Broome. A civic reception hosted by Broome Shire Council was held at the Shire offices, on Friday the 2nd October, in the cool of the afternoon.

Positioned on the front lawn of the Shire Offices was a large art installation of a whale placed in a symbolic sea of oil was there to greet the Prime Minister. A number of protesters were also there to draw attention to: the current ecological catastrophe from the weeks of oil spilling from the West Atlas into the Timor Sea, the proposed 14 trains LNG precinct at James Price Point and the lack of faith in the Kimberley Land Council.

Several Indigenous and Conservation groups’ representatives were represented within this reception, providing an opportunity to raise several concerns with the Prime Minister directly. Neil McKenzie, a Jabirr Jabirr man representing Save the Kimberley presented the PM with a beautiful framed photo of James Price Point. Mr Joe Roe from Goolarabooloo, the head applicant to the Native Title Claim over James Price Point presented Mr Rudd with an open letter. This letter will be bogged within the next 24 hours on Handsoffcountry.

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