The casualisation of the workforce over the past 20 years has been one of the most noticeable and disturbing trends in the workplace according to the Queensland Council Unions Submission to the Independent Inquiry into Insecure Work (2012).
UNESCO wants tough new environmental conditions placed on coal and gas port expansion applications, pending the outcome of a strategic review into the combined threat they pose to the Great Barrier Reef.
“The potential of North Queensland has been ignored by the major parties for the last 40 years because of the shift to a service based economy. Now with the mining boom, Copperstring, another North Queensland project is struggling to overcome the major parties addiction to fossil fuels.
Townsville Hospital is under pressure to cope with current demand, but with our rapidly expanding population, extra military personnel being deployed here and major industrial developments planned for the region, it is clear that more needs to be done to address the infrastructure needs of North Queensland’s capital.
The latest brawl about the lack of a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Townsville Hospital is part of the ongoing saga of a failure to identify and adequately fund essential North Queensland infrastructure, according to Jenny Stirling Greens candidate for the seat of Townsville.
“The State government says it wants Townsville to be the 2nd capital city in the state. However there does not seem to be a corresponding commitment to the future health needs of an increased population in North Queensland”.
“Yes we need our highway to be flood proofed, yes we need better funding for our schools but nothing is more important than the ongoing health of our children”.
“The idea that our health services should be centralised to avoid duplication does not take into account the massive distances that rural and regional people have to travel in Queensland to get proper health outcomes for their children”.