Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has hit back at a Goldfields lobby group planning an advertising campaign against what it calls green extremists, saying it represents a “desperate” attempt by the “old guard” to distract from the need to diversify the region’s economic base.
Five days on from the ad campaign revelations, the jury is still out on whether the lobbyists have grassroots support, or whether Dads and Mums Against Green Extremism (DAMAGE) is an example of so-called “astro-turfing” – which creates only an illusion of community support.
In an interview with the Kalgoorlie Miner, the Federal senator defined the group as a “fringe” and “out-dated” element motivated by ideology and peddling laughable caricatures of Greens politics.
He resisted the group’s claim Greens were “anti-mining” and pointed to a recent community forum he hosted in Kalgoorlie-Boulder to spruik the benefits of a large-scale solar power industry.
“Half of the room was wearing fluoro,” he said about the event.
“It was not a room of anti-mining Greens.”