LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sir – Thank you for the article by Mark Smith on Terry Mills and Territory Alliance.
We – The Ban Fracking Fix Crime Protect Water Party (BFFCPWP) – advertised for candidates for all 25 seats towards the end of last year and received some very interesting applications. Several were from Central Australia and included Alice Springs, communities and stations.
Then the Johnston by-election popped up and we made a strategic decision to throw our resources into supporting our pre-selected candidate, Braedon Earley and hold off most other pre-selections until that election was over.
You may not be aware but in the five year history of BFFCPWP, unlike our competitors, we have never taken any donations from gas and mining companies, big business, alcohol makers or distributors and unions.
We cannot and will not be bought. It has been very tough personally and financially but we are very focused on our mission to provide better, corruption free government for all Territorians.
We do all this literally on the smell of an oily rag – we know how to make a dollar do the work of 10!
By the way, if you want to know what we think about how donations influence the political system, have a look at our submission (under the name of our previous name, 1 Territory Party) to the Mansfield Inquiry into political donations.
Back to the by-election: At this stage, Braedon is the only anti- fracking candidate. All the other candidates support fracking the NT.
As an aside, we know we are having an influence, certainly on this by-election, as all of a sudden all the other parties are copying our policies and even using the same words! No imagination on their part.
I am sure you are very well informed on the fracking issue. As a political party we are unusual in that we have a research unit and we have, between us, probably read just about everything ever written about fracking and water issues.
I have written and published a paper (and have two others still uncompleted on other topics!) on the issue of well remediation costs in the NT.
I apologise if it is a bit academic but hopefully the quantum will be understood and is clear. We would be very happy to answer any queries you might have or direct you to any other research.
Sue Fraser-Adams (pictured)
President, The Ban Fracking Fix Crime Protect Water Party
LETTER TO THE EDITOR