The NSW Premier, Nathan Rees and Primary Industry Minister Ian MacDonald have both claimed that mining is more important than farming to the state of NSW. The government has based the statement on the relative export value. NSW exported $12.6 billion worth of minerals, largely coal, and only $5.6 billion worth of food. Pam Allan headed up the working group to determine the terms of reference for an inquiry into whether coal miners should be allowed to undercut the rich farmlands of NSW’s Liverpool Plains. The Generator put it to her that food was a more fundamental human need than energy. She described that as a “radical green stance that made discussion impossible” and then refused to discuss the matter any further.
Industry Minister backs Rees