The breathtaking expediency of politicians and aspirants in the race for the seat of the Upper Hunter has been something to behold. We've seen politicians of different stripes declare convenient support for coal in recent weeks as they contend for the mine-heavy seat left vacant by Michael Johnsen.
Voters, no doubt, are well aware they shouldn't believe everything the party leaders and their candidates say, as promises are often made to help win the fight of the day. Survival for the chameleon-like political animal can demand such a stance.
The Royalties for Rejuvenation program will contribute this money into a future fund for the exclusive use of coal mining areas.
The creation of this fund makes absolute sense. However, the initial figure is a drop in the ocean compared to what's needed.
Rather than being part of a shared fund, perhaps the Hunter's coal communities should have their own fund. Shared funds can open themselves to pork barrelling.