The devil is in the detail for Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, with the Government’s failure to extend the successful $200 million Reef Rescue program in this year’s Budget or to review the mass dredging plan which has caused ‘extreme concern’ within the international community.
As the state celebrates the winning of workers’ rights this May Day, the Queensland Greens remind governments that they represent the whole community, not just multinational companies.
Less than three weeks after Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell conceded that Gladstone harbour was a mess, he has given Gladstone Ports Corporation a free pass to increase the turbidity churned up in the water by their mass dredging operations.
“The ongoing environmental crisis in Gladstone harbour is a disaster for the Gladstone community, an embarrassment for Queensland and a national disgrace,” Australian Greens environment spokesperson Senator Larissa Waters said.
This year’s Chinchilla May Day parade should focus on the traditional concerns of May Day especially working conditions and social justice issues that affect working people.
Greens spokesperson Libby Connors said that unfortunately this did not happen last year.
The announcement that permitted turbidity levels have been raised for Gladstone Harbour is proof that politics, not scientific rigour, is determining environmental standards for the new LNP government.
Koalas in Queensland, NSW and ACT will be listed as a threatened species by the Australian Government, acting on the recommendation of the Senate Inquiry instigated by Senator Bob Brown and the Australian Greens last year.
Andrew Bartlett, the Greens Mayoral candidate, thanked the voters of Brisbane for delivering an increase in the Greens vote in the City Council poll.
Jo Bragg, the Greens’ candidate for South Brisbane vows to become the Queensland equivalent of the famous environmental warrior from the US, Erin Brockovich, if elected on Saturday.