My position on fracking has been consistent from the first day of my campaign to be elected as the Member for Katherine.
I have never wavered from this position. My commitment to representing the people who elected me has never wavered.
The people of Katherine have placed their trust in me to be their voice in government, and I do not take that show of trust lightly.
I am in the privileged position to be in the caucus of government, a position which I use to be the voice of Katherine.
It is imperative that everyone understands the process that will lead the government to a decision to either ban fracking or proceed within a highly regulated regime.
Firstly, this is a decision that will be made by the Cabinet members. This decision will be made after extensive deliberation with their fellow members of caucus – of which I am a member. This decision will be the basis on which the government policy will be formulated.
To ask me whether I would cross the floor of parliament in regards to this decision is a redundant question – the decision will be made by Cabinet and not on the floor of parliament as this is a policy matter and not legislation.
I will always fight to protect our water.
I will always fight to have no fracking in the Katherine electorate and region.
I will always fight for aboriginal people to continue to have the right to say NO, under the Land Rights Act.
An overwhelming number of my constituents do not support fracking and it is incumbent of me as the Member for Katherine to take this position to my government unequivocally.
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