Australia’s largest coal mine was today approved by the Queensland Government, which is devastating news for the climate, the Great Barrier Reef and communities suffering cost of living pressures from the mining boom, said the Australian Greens.
Queensland Greens Convenor, Andrew Bartlett, spoke at a protest today calling for justice for the growing number of refugees, including children, who are being locked up indefinitely due to secret ASIO assessments.
The protest was held outside the Brisbane offices of the Department of Immigration.
The Greens have called on the Treasurer and Minister for Trade, Hon. Tim Nicholls, to provide some real stimulus to small business in Queensland.
The Greens have strongly condemned the shock announcement by state Health Minister Lawrence Springborg to unilaterally end funding for Healthy Communities, the community based HIV/AIDS prevention organisation.
In a reprieve for the environment, the climate and the Great Barrier Reef, the Queensland Government has decided that the massive coal export facility expansion, planned to make Abbot Point the largest coal port in the world, is deeply flawed and unviable.
The Queensland Greens have expressed concern about the Premier’s priorities in light of his refusal to contribute any money to the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Queensland.
A further discarding of two tonnes of diseased Gladstone fish by the Brisbane Raptis Fish Market confirms that the government is on the wrong course in its management of Gladstone Harbour.
The local Gladstone fish market has been warning of the ongoing problems in the harbour for a year now. It discarded 600 tonnes of diseased fish last September.
The Queensland Attorney-General should butt out of the runningof the Crime and Misconduct Commission, Greens spokesperson Libby Connors said today.
Ms Connors was commenting on media statements by the Attorney-General, Jarrod Bleijie that investigations into organised crime should take precedence over official misconduct allegations.
The Queensland Greens claim that the past week has confirmed that the Newman government is likely to be worse than any of the Bjelke-Petersen administrations from 1968 to 1987.
“The Bjelke-Petersen years were characterised by high employment and social conservatism,” Greens spokesperson Libby Connors said today.
Koalas in Queensland, NSW and ACT will be listed as a threatened species by the Australian Government, acting on the recommendation of the Senate Inquiry instigated by Senator Bob Brown and the Australian Greens last year.