John Watts has written a heartfelt personal account of the community of Gloucester’s fight and eventual hard-won victory against AGL. It is about the devastating impact that collusion between mining companies and governments can have on small country communities.
The Museum of Australian Democracy in Old Parliament House tells us there are four critical elements within a liberal democratic framework – legitimacy, justice, freedom and power – where civil liberties are defended against the encroachment of governments, institutions and powerful forces in society. The people of Gloucester fought to stop coal seam gas in their valley, and in the process, they fought for democracy against a powerful corporation, politicians and government. And they won.