The recent and steep decline of koalas across Australia show that our national environment laws need to be made stronger and not weaker as the federal government is planning, the Australian Greens said today.
The first 100 days of Campbell Newman's Premiership have been a disaster for Queensland's future according to the Queensland Greens.
On the 100th day of taking over responsibility for governing the State and all its features and assests, Premier Newman's success on the big issues can be judged as turbidity levels rise again in Gladstone Harbour.
Queensland Greens spokesperson, Dr Jim McDonald, said that it's not just inaction on environmental damage that is wrecking the fishing industry in Gladstone marking the first hundred days. Mr Newman has also deliberately killed off the immediate future for renewable energy in Queensland.
The Queensland Greens called on the Premier, Campbell Newman, to assure Queenslanders that the ambulance and fire services would be expanded to protect all communities in the cities and regions.
The State Government should not support proposed legislation aimed at harsh control over welfare recipients, say the Queensland Greens.
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.
New research identifying greater dangers for whales from the Government’s plans for increased fossil fuel exports should cause the federal Environment Minister to review existing approvals and press pause on further approvals for controversial port expansions in Queensland, said the Australian Greens today.
This latest research indicates areas close to ports marked for large expansions as critical for humpback whales, and will be verified with further aerial studies to be released by the end of the year.
“Senate Estimates showed shipping movements are expected to increase more than three-fold, due to these massive port expansions for fossil fuel exports,” Greens environment spokesperson and former environmental lawyer Senator Larissa Waters said.
“With more than 11,700 shipping movements projected – more than one every hour – and this new research about critical whale areas, it’s highly likely that we will be seeing more humpback adults and babies being injured or killed due to collisions with coal and gas tankers.
“The Australian Government can’t have it both ways – they can’t turn our World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef into a coal and gas highway without severely damaging the environmental values for which the Reef was listed in the first place.
“The Environment Minister should wait for the results of these further whale studies before issuing any more port approvals.
“Likewise the Minister should reconsider existing port approvals when this ‘significant new information’ about whale impacts is published.
“If the Minister says this research is not ‘significant new information' which would allow him to reconsider approvals, this determination could be challenged in the courts.”
Today the Queensland Greens back the community call for a review of the Local Area Plan in South Brisbane and West End.The Greens have made a number of further committments on growth and development that involve both local government actions and actions by State government.
Last week, Andrew Bartlett, Greens Candidate for Lord Mayor of Brisbane and Jo Bragg, Greens candidate for the South Brisbane by-election, met with David Gill (representing body corporates of Zen. Que & Silhouette) to hear details of the 30 storey Aria development in Edmondstone St. This development was approved next to 4 and 5 storey residential developments without public notification, without community submissions and without any appeal rights.
SOUTH BRISBANE ELECTORAL ROLL CLOSES 5pm SATURDAY 7 APRIL
GREENS SAY, "DON"T MISS OUT, ENROL NOW!'
Today Wednesday and yesterday Jo Bragg, Greens Candidate for South Brisbane talked to young people in West End about using their right to vote. Many had enrolled to vote already but not all!
The Queensland Greens today criticised mining billionaire Clive Palmers latest comments as proof of his contempt for democracy.