Joel Fitzgibbon: "It’s interesting that when I was first elected seventeen years ago unemployment in my electorate was around 13%. Today it’s less than 5%. It’s less than 5% mainly because of the coal mining industry. Where would the Hunter be now without coal mining? And some of those green activists would have the industry closed down if they had their way. Now you can see the impact. Tens of thousands of people directly or indirectly employed in the industry in the Hunter but many people in Sydney also dependent on mining in the office towers etc. So green activists need to form a better appreciation of the very heavy impact we would suffer in the Hunter or elsewhere more broadly if coal mining was shutdown."