Michelle Grattan, Andrew Darby The Age

The bushwalking fan said he became focused on the mill after reading an article by Tasmanian writer Richard Flanagan. He contacted Flanagan and Greens leader Bob Brown. They felt that rather than one of the “usual suspects” it needed “an unusual suspect” to fight the issue — “that’s why I came in”. Mr Cousins said he did not care if he affected the Coalition’s election prospects. “The result of the federal election compared to polluting the environment is a trifling matter”. If his actions gave Mr Turnbull some discomfort, “quite frankly, I couldn’t care less”.

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Read the FLANAGAN article: IN THE MONTHLY HERE, fourth story down