Newman government hypocrisy on animal cruelty

The Queensland Greens say that the state government’s Animal Care and Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 which was introduced hastily on 19 June proves this government lacks respect for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and is hypocritical on animal care and protection. 

Newman breaks another promise

The Queensland Greens have condemned the sudden cut to the state government’s feed-in tariff for household solar power.

‘This is the sort of on-the-run decision making that the Premier condemned the last government for,’ Queensland Greens spokesperson Dr Libby Connors said this afternoon. 

No objectivity for Landholders from this Gasfields Commission

The Queensland Greens have expressed disappointment over the appointments to the Gasfields Commission. 

Mining and Gas add to Qld’s public debt

News that the government statutory authorities’ debt has been included in the Independent Commission of Audit’s calculations has been welcomed by the Queensland Greens. 

‘The public deserves to see how the debt has been calculated and which statutory authorities have the greatest debt,’ state spokesperson Dr Libby Connors said today. 

Gladstone Harbour Toxicity Levels Threaten Human And Marine Life

Monitoring stations at Gladstone Harbour recorded dangerously high turbidity levels at the same time as UNESCO was issuing dire warnings about the possible degradation of the Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status last week.

Queensland Greens spokesperson, Dr Libby Connors says the turbidity caused by dredging in the harbour stirs up sediments containing toxic heavy metals.

Gas in Condamine: where are the seismic studies?

Gas is bubbling to the surface in a 5 kilometre stretch of the Condamine River and the Queensland Greens say it is proof that the LNP Government is no better at managing the coal seam gas sector than their Labor forebears. 

LNP mismanage Gladstone Harbour

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.

CMC should decide what to investigate, not LNP

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. 

A mean-minded government: Qld Greens

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. 

Will Anzac Memorial Park survive 2012?

Acland closure

The Darling Downs township of Acland, population 1, will again host an Anzac Day Memorial Service in its park tomorrow, but the Greens are asking Premier Newman to confirm that the park will still be available for the service in 2013. 

The town’s Anzac park and monument will be lost to the New Hope coal mine if stage 3 of the New Hope Coal mine is approved.  The LNP promised during the state election campaign that an LNP government would not approve stage 3 but are yet to give any explanation of when or how they will stop it proceeding. 

‘It was distressing to note that despite all the election promises to residents of the Darling Downs there was not one mention of mining in Campbell Newman’s program for his first 100 days in office,’ state spokesperson for the Greens Libby Connors said today. 

‘Campbell Newman promised to protect farmlands and local towns through Strategic Regional Land Use Plans, a very similar concept to the New South Wales O’Farrell government’s regional planning. 

‘But Premier O’Farrell commenced work on planning to limit mining in rural New South Wales almost immediately. 

‘Is this the mechanism by which Campbell New man intends to block the expansion of New Hope? 

‘If not, how does he intend to fulfil his promise?

‘Those of us who want to see the Darling Downs and Scenic Rim protected, as Premier Newman promised, are  concerned that any delays to enact new regional planning will see many new or expanded mines proceed because there is no protective mechanism in place.’

Spokesperson Libby Connors said that the annual Anzac Day services at Acland have progressively grown over the past 5 years with about 300 people from across the district attending in 2011.  She said it was likely to be a good turnout again this year. 

‘It began as a way of expressing support to Glen Beutel, the lone resident who had refused to sell to New Hope and who maintains the Anzac Park first created by his parents.

‘It has become an expression of mourning the town the young veterans came from as well as the diggers who have gone off to war from this district.’