Science and the public interest have come off second best in the continuing fight between the Queensland Planning Minister Jeff Seeney and the observable reality of climate change, say the Queensland Greens.
Seeney, who is also Deputy Premier, has forced coastal local government to omit all references to the increasing sea levels that science tells us to expect.
The Greens condemn the Newman Government’s funding cuts to community legal centres for advocacy work.
“Newman’s cuts to community legal centres come off the back of Abbott’s, leaving the people who most need help in our communities without a voice,” Greens Queensland Senator Larissa Waters said.
“Community legal centres provide free legal service and advocate for a fair legal system that does not further disadvantage vulnerable people, including women who are trying to escape domestic violence.
"For Mr Newman to tout clean energy today in Chinchilla is the height of hypocrisy, considering that his first action in government was to kill the 250 MW Chinchilla Solar Dawn project by withdrawing Queensland’s contribution" said Greens spokesperson Charles Worringham
The Queensland Greens say that Health Minister Springborg’s hyping of reductions in the public dental waiting list is seriously out of date and that the overall numbers have actually been rising for over a year.
The Queensland Greens labelled the State Government “thin-skinned, graceless and defensive” over its response to President Obama’s speech at the University of Queensland on Saturday, adding that “the President’s remarks on climate change were measured, timely, correct and badly needed".
The State Government is reported in this morning’s Australian to be to be ‘incensed over what it sees as an ill-informed, insulting speech from Barack Obama about climate change’.
The Queensland Greens have called Campbell Newman’s unreserved support for the prospect of the live export of up to a million cattle, many of which would come from Queensland, “ill-considered”.
Spokesperson Dr. Charles Worringham said that Queensland farmers have great potential for expanded exports to China, but that the live export trade was the worst of all the options.
“Mr. Newman has failed to ask any of the obvious questions that the public will want answered”, said Dr. Worringham.
“The Queensland Greens have been active in the political space for over twenty years.” said new Greens Convener, Penny Allman-Payne, today.
“We are excitedly welcoming new members from all over Queensland in the lead-up to the State Election.”
“Voters are so sick of the same same in Queensland”
“It is like there are only two teams in the race, and no one wants either of them to win”
The Queensland Greens today took issue with Premier Campbell Newman’s statement on the future of coal and gas in Queensland.
“The Premier is utterly failing Queenslanders by re-stating his support for coal and gas for decades to come, and by pushing any need for a transition away from fossil fuels into the indefinite future”, said Queensland Greens spokesperson Dr. Charles Worringham.
“We must reduce our ecological footprint if we are to have a positive future” Greens spokesperson Andrew Bartlett said today.
The Greens are following up the release of a report by the WWF which has concluded that Australia requires 6.25 ‘global hectares’ of productive land and ocean per person per year.
The Queensland Greens support calls for media not to sensationalise and dehumanise murder victims.
Greens spokesperson Andrew Bartlett said today's coverage in The Courier-Mail unfairly sensationalised the transgender status of murder victim Mayang Prasetyo, who was recently killed in the Brisbane suburb of Teneriffe, alledgedly by her boyfriend.
"Tabloid media may naturally look for the most sensationalising angle, but that does not exempt them from the need to report responsibily, particularly when it comes to victims of murder or other violence," Mr Bartlett said.