Pig hunter-turned-activist campaigns against CSG
A PIG hunter-turned-activist and movie star has launched an ambitious campaign to have $100 million removed from banks and superannuation funds.
The lead actor in anti-CSG film Frackman, Dayne Pratzky, is urging people concerned about the coal seam gas industry to remove their money from banks and super funds investing in the industry.
Mr Pratzky estimates more than $10 million is already in the process of being shifted by people who have seen the film.
Gasfields Commission chairman John Cotter encouraged anyone considering removing their money to make their decision based on scientific facts from a credible source.
He chose not to comment on the film, rather saying people should not be influenced by scare-mongering.
"There's got to be a well-informed view about it," Mr Cotter said.
He said the industry needed to prove itself and show credibility to get a social licence to operate.
Mr Pratzky said CSG activities forced him out of his Tara, Queensland, home.
The film, which has already screened in 20 New South Wales towns and is scheduled to screen in Gympie, Kingaroy, Proserpine, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Maroochydore, Gladstone, Ipswich, Hervey Bay and Maryborough over this month and next, looks at the CSG industry and rural and regional communities.
"The government may have given coal seam gas companies licence to drill, but that doesn't mean that Australian banks and super funds have to give them the funding they need to start," Mr Pratzky said.
"It will be nearly impossible to stop the coal seam gas industry in Australia if we keep investing in it through our banks and super funds.
"It's time for people who care about stopping coal seam gas to act by moving their own money out of this industry."