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.
This morning Senator Larissa Waters helped launch the long-term resident and candidate for South Brisbane Jo Bragg, who spoke on the issues that matter to local residents and supported by the Greens. Ms Bragg emphasised how her Green's voice would bring a fresh vision, backed by 20 years of community law service to enable the local residents a say in their own community. She spoke about how South Brisbane residents now have the opportunity to rethink the parliamentary imbalance, the lack of local attention by the old parties who has either taken South Brisbane for granted, or had treated the area as an extension of the city, and therefore allowed inappropriate and out of character development without recourse for locals to have a say in the feel or development of their electorate. Ms Bragg wants her fellow local residents to know she will work hard to be their representative and to ensure good government, accountability for better outcomes for all.
Jo Bragg, Senator Larissa Waters, Andrew Bartlett
Lord Mayoral Candidate for the Queensland Greens, Andrew Bartlett provided a vision for how Greens in the Brisbane City Council will deliver the true green feel to the city,
World Heritage Day is a wake-up call to save the internationally renowned Great Barrier Reef from the devastating impacts of mass dredging, dumping and shipping for fossil fuel exports which the Federal Government’s strategic assessment won’t fix, the Australian Greens said today.
Queenslanders in mining towns are increasingly unable to afford housing and other basic necessities while the Labor Government continues to defend its planned tax cuts for big business and mining magnates, the Greens said today.
Premier Anna Bligh has listened to the Greens and environment groups and committed to protect Bimblebox Nature Refuge from Clive Palmer's China First coal mine only a day away from the Queensland state election, heaping pressure on Campbell Newman to do the same should the LNP win Government tomorrow.
The fate of Queensland’s Bimblebox Nature Refuge lies with how much power Clive Palmer will have over a Queensland LNP Government, as the mining billionaire banks on being allowed to turn the part taxpayer-funded Refuge into a 40 million tonne coal mine.
The mining boom driven by billionaire magnates like Clive Palmer is weakening the economy and damaging regional communities and the environment, but the old parties don’t want to know as they are likely to block a Greens motion deferred to tomorrow to assess the real costs of the mining boom to Queensland.
Under questioning from the Greens today, Australian Government has acknowledged it has the power to use the national environment laws to protect Wild Rivers from Campbell Newman and a future LNP Queensland Government, which has pledged to roll back the laws against the wishes of many Aboriginal communities.
The Australian Government’s unwillingness to act on the ongoing environmental crisis in Gladstone harbour was explained today, as the Australian Financial Review reported Environment Minister Tony Burke as saying ‘it’s difficult to find any world heritage values within Gladstone harbour’.
Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters will challenge the Government today in Question Time on their plans to make profits from the dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.