A fortnight after posting them, anti-gas protest group Lock The Gate has belatedly relented and removed offending ‘conspiracy’ allegations from its website.
LTG did eventually apologise to Justice Pepper and her panel of experts conducting the NT fracking inquiry.
However, as we noted last week, this did not occur until LTG was publicly ‘outed’ by Justice Pepper on the inquiry website after the intransigent protest group failed to respond to public criticism by Justice Pepper and NT Government Minister Ken Vowles.
The long delay in removing offending allegations is indicative of the ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ self-righteous attitude of LTG and other individual and group activists who quickly republished the seriously misleading conspiracy claims a fortnight ago.
This is underlined by the fact that LTG still has not made apologies in the ‘direct’ manner urged by Justice Pepper and that it has made no attempt to publicly set the record straight.
It was perhaps indicative of the level of dissatisfaction LTG created with Justice Pepper that she took the step of publishing the correspondence between herself and LTG’s Naomi Hogan – a former Wilderness Society campaigner – on the NT inquiry website.
The offending claims were reported by ABC news and the NT News, both of which have since reported that LTG has been forced to make a humiliating “unreserved” apology.
Yet the organisation still refuses to apologise publicly and directly to those it unjustly attacked.
The wildly wrong nature of the claims made by LTG were understood the day after they were made. There is no excuse for failing to set the record straight a fortnight later.