STATE POLICIES

  • Single document (~100pages)
    All QLD Greens Policies
    current as of November 2014

  • Considers pets, farmed, native and wild introduced animals and animals used for entertainment, research and teaching.

  • Biodiversity and ecosystems maintain earth’s life and climate. We must protect and restore as much as possible while considering climate changes.

  • Climate change is the single greatest threat to the viability of ecological systems and human societies. Climate change is already impacting Queensland, yet we contribute substantially and increasingly to global GHG emissions through our coal and gas exports.

  • Coal & coal seam gas (CSG) mined in QLD is a major source of greenhouse gases on a national and global scale. The Greens want to phase out the thermal coal industry and replace it with a jobs-rich, clean energy economy. CSG may prove to be even more damaging to the climate than coal.

  • All individuals have a right to a safe, peaceful and ecologically sustainable existence, free from crime and fear of violence. A just and effective judicial and criminal justice system is essential for Queensland's prosperity into the future.

  • More than twenty years after Queensland last trialled daylight saving, it is now time to trial daylight saving again.

  • The Queensland Parliament must be reformed to reflect the political diversity of the people of Queensland through proportional representation. This includes bringing back the QLD Government Upper House.

  • All people, including those with disabilities, have a right to independence, self-determination and choices in their lives. It is up to government especially to ensure that those with disabilities are afforded every opportunity to live happily within society.

  • Queensland needs an economy that sustains the needs of its people and nature, now and for future generations. The current single-minded focus of big business and of governments on economic expansion and increased resource consumption is not sustainable.

  • Accessible and affordable education is a necessary underpinning of a vibrant and progressive democracy and is at the heart of a competent, prosperous, fair and sustainable society. Quality education enriches the lives and values of the entire citizenry, allowing all people to have a deeper and more critical understanding of the world around them.

  • Lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will depend on reducing fossil fuel use. Building a distributed, diverse and competitive energy generation and storage system will minimize the future energy costs for households and businesses.

  • Natural monopolies and essential public services should generally be in public ownership and control. Government financing is the preferred mechanism for funding public infrastructure.

  • Everyone has the right to eat fish and go fishing. Fishing sustainably so future generations can do this requires intelligent management and a practical licensing regime.

  • Flying-foxes act as the only long-range seed disperser and pollinator for a large number of native trees, and are of central importance to the long term health of key ecosystems in Queensland.

  • Agriculture is a vital part of Queensland’s economy and cultural history. Farmers should be celebrated, supported and rewarded for the role they play in producing our food and managing our natural resources.

  • Problem gambling is a serious public health issue that negatively affects individuals, families and communities. No new casino licences should be issued in Queensland.

  • An effective health system must be based on delivering primary health care, include health promotion, illness prevention, timely treatment and rehabilitation, community development and advocacy.

  • The lives and prosperity of indigenous Queenslanders must improve! They need better housing and services in health, education, law and justice. Appropriate economic development will bring employment and prosperity to Indigenous communities.

  • The Queensland government must make every effort to protect employees from the effects of anti-worker laws.

  • A just and effective law enforcement system protects the community, reduces the social impacts of crime, addresses the causes of crime, protects the human rights of victims, suspects and perpetrators and offers a range of interventions in addition to loss of liberty.

  • Our manufacturing sector needs to be ecologically sustainable and is essential for a robust economy which provides purposeful employment and ownership in Queensland’s creative and productive abilities.

  • All people have a right to independence, self-determination and quality mental health care. All Queenslanders should have access to effective mental health services, irrespective of their socio-economic status or geographic location.

  • Queensland is in the midst of a massive export driven coal and coal seam gas 'rush'. Not only will the scale of it directly or indirectly contribute to increased global Greenhouse Gas emissions, but it is also radically re-structuring the Queensland economy to be dependent on fossil fuel exports at the expense of other sustainable sectors.

  • Developing sustainable communities means aligning environmental and economic needs. It includes focusing on public transport infrastructure, open spaces, energy and water efficiencies, community consultation and transparent regulation and processes.

  • Every Queenslander should have access to appropriate, safe, secure, sustainable and affordable housing. The housing needs of low income Queenslanders should be met by providing a mix of affordable options, including community housing, community land trusts, public housing and private rental housing.

  • Reproductive rights include the right to bodily integrity and to determine whether or not to engage in sexual activity, relationships, reproductive choice and the formation of families.

  • Innovations in science and technology are powerful drivers for success in business and industry, improvements in health and lifestyle and are essential if we are to meet the challenges of addressing climate change and the transition to a sustainable society.

  • Older people have the right to live with dignity on a decent income. The state government must play a central role in the provision, regulation and support of aged care services.

  • That it is a human right to live free from discrimination, including on the basis of sexuality or gender identity. That acceptance and celebration of diversity enhances society as a whole.

  • Small business is an important mainstay of the Queensland economy, employing half of workers in the private sector, supporting their local community and economy, and adapting quickly to new challenges.

  • A secure and expanded revenue base is required so that governments can fund a high standard of infrastructure and human services including education, health, transport, environmental protection and social security. Significant additional revenue required should be raised by pricing polluting industries, resource extraction and economic rent.

  • Queensland has an immense wealth of tourist destinations and experiences which provide significant employment opportunities for local communities and add substantially to the State's revenue and reputation. The Great Barrier Reef, due to its World Heritage significance, is of vital importance to all Queenslanders and should be protected.

  • Supports a range of positive environmental, social, economic and public health outcomes. Public transport goals should be to reduce fare prices, increase access and provide better coverage to unlock its potential economic and social benefits.

  • Considers natural inland and underground water resources, urban catchments, drinking water, and coastal receiving waters.

  • A just and effective preventative and criminal justice system to protect children and youth in the community. Addressing the over-representation of Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islander youth in the criminal justice system in Queensland is a high priority.