Reconciliation lost in Musgrave

Adam Stone

Greens Spokesperson Adam Stone's the Drum opinion piece:

Tent Embassy Kelly Higgins-Devine interviews Dr Libby Connors, historial and Greens Spokesperson listen to audio link found here Dr Libby Connors

Queensland: A Part Time Heaven or Hell

The casualisation of the workforce over the past 20 years has been one of the most noticeable and disturbing trends in the workplace according to the Queensland Council Unions Submission to the Independent Inquiry into Insecure Work (2012).

The Closure of the Collinsville Power Station

The plan to close the Collinsville Power Station raises again the opportunity for solar power in North Queensland, says Jenny Stirling, Qld greens Spokesperson.

Premier’s comments on Aboriginal embassy inflammatory, divisive, deeply inappropriate

The Queensland Greens have urged the Premier to take a more constructive approach to the presence of the fledgling Aboriginal embassy in Musgrave Park.

‘Threatening to send in police, and particularly likening Australia’s first people to squatters, is obviously not going to help find a constructive way forward,’ said Greens spokesperson, Adam Stone.

Quirk should negotiate with Musgrave Park community

The Queensland Greens have urged Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to resume negotiations with the Musgrave Park community who have established an Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy in the park grounds. 

The Aboriginal community fears that they will be forcibly removed after a Brisbane City Council officer informed them by phone that all negotiations were off this afternoon. 

‘The Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy supporters have been negotiating amicably with the Panyiri Festival organisers about using the park for the annual Greek celebration this weekend so it is disappointing to have the council foment confrontation in this way, ‘ Queensland Greens spokesperson Libby Connors said this evening. 

‘Council cannot deny Aboriginal people’s long use and identification with Musgrave Park.  It has been recognised as an Aboriginal place since the early foundations of the city of Brisbane.’ 

‘To not allow the Aboriginal community to conduct their negotiations with the Panyiri organisers without intimidation by council is inappropriate. 

‘The mayor cannot support multiculturalism and deny Aboriginal cultural connections to the Park.   

‘We Greens are concerned that Mayor Quirk’s paternalism is going to lead to a violent showdown in the lead up to one of the city’s most popular multicultural festivals.’

Bypassing stacked committees – LNP disregard for accountable governance worsens

The Queensland Greens have reacted with dismay to the Premier’s statement that he will bypass Parliamentary committeesin his haste to implement his legislative agenda, lamenting a missed opportunity to improve Queensland’s political culture.

New research could stop Great Barrier Reef ports

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.”

LNP mismanage Gladstone Harbour

A further discarding of two tonnes of diseased Gladstone fish by the Brisbane Raptis Fish Market confirms that the government is on the wrong course in its management of Gladstone Harbour. 

The local Gladstone fish market has been warning of the ongoing problems in the harbour for a year now.  It discarded 600 tonnes of diseased fish last September.

LNP should say no to bully-boy Clive Palmer

News that Clive Palmer’s China First mine is on a shaky financial footing should prompt Premier Newman to protect the interests of all Queenslanders, not just rich mining magnates.

CMC should decide what to investigate, not LNP

The Queensland Attorney-General should butt out of the runningof the Crime and Misconduct Commission, Greens spokesperson Libby Connors said today. 

Ms Connors was commenting on media statements by the Attorney-General, Jarrod Bleijie that investigations into organised crime should take precedence over official misconduct allegations.