Coal seam gas protestors at a Community Cabinet meeting held at Mareeba recently found themselves being photographed by several police officers over the course of the day.

In shades of the National Party government of the 1980’s more than 100 objectors stationed near the front gate to the International Club were constantly having their snaps taken.

“I don’t know if the police like our black outfits which signify the destruction of fresh water supplies or maybe they like us enough to put us in their private photo collections,” one protestor quipped.

“Or it could be more sinister printing out our photos and placing us on their dart boards or heaven knows, we might be added to the hundreds of thousands of photographs the police take of our car number plates recording the date, time, location and direction the public travel in their cars,” said Carmel Fullbright, 63, of Townsville.