The Queensland Greens called on the Minister for Transport, Mr Scott Emerson, to review the implementation of the state's road sign standards by Transport and Main Roads to improve road safety especially for workers in road construction and repairs.
Greens spokesperson, Dr Jim McDonald, said that the Department operated a Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices but that it was only as good as its daily implementation.
“Signage irregularities can be found throughout Queensland both in permanent speed signs and the placement of signage for road works and other hazards.
“The Greens call upon the Minister to ensure his department is more rigorous in following the standards for road works. Temporary signs are often not taken down in a timely manner, for example.
Turbidity data released today by Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) show that GPC has breached its Environmental Authority again by exceeding the turbidity limit for five days running, and government must now intervene to protect the Harbour and the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
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.
Slashing staff in Queensland Health should be the last step in a review of how health services are provided to Queenslanders, according to The Greens.
The Queensland Greens have thrown their support behind a rally happening in Brisbane this evening to proests against the state government's removal of funding from the state's only HIV prevention service working with the gay & lesbian community. The rally is also protesting plans to scrap civil union rights for same sex couples.
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.