La Trobe University's Professor Judith Brett writes about "The Coal Curse" and in conversation about coal-seam gas alludes to those involved with the Lock the Gate Alliance as "heroes".
Her latest piece in the Quarterly Essay helps readers better understand the unusual history of Australia's economy and the "resource curse" that has shaped our politics.
This discussion on Climate Conversations will help you grasp Professor Brett's thinking where she writes in the essay that:
"Politicians have listened to the scientists and ..... put ideology and the protection of vested interests aside and behaved like adults. Can they do they same to commit to fast and effective action to try and save our children's and grandchildren's future, to prevent the catastrophic fires and heatwaves the scientists predict, the species extinction and the famines?"