Newman Govt reneges on promise of high environmental standards: The Greens

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.

Threatened species listing for koalas a Greens win

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.

Greens vote up over 2 per cent across Brisbane and in South Brisbane by-election

Andrew Bartlett, the Greens Mayoral candidate, thanked the voters of Brisbane for delivering an increase in the Greens vote in the City Council poll.

Greens’ candidate vows to become local Erin Brokovich

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.

Greens urge an end to polling day plastic wrap waste

On the eve of Brisbane’s elections, the Greens are proposing to clean up polling day by putting an end to the tens of metres of ‘plastic wrap’ signage used by other parties to smother fences, tennis courts and other spaces at polling booths across the city, in addition to the four posters allowed at each entrance.

Greens koala inquiry decision to determine fate of species

Wild koala populations are rapidly diminishing and the iconic Australian species needs urgent protection under national environment laws, the Australian Greens said today.

Greens Transport Vision for Brisbane Fewer cars, Less Pollution and More Choice

The Greens candidate for Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Andrew Bartlett, says his party’s transport plans for Brisbane would alleviate congestion and provide more travel choices for residents.

Greens condemn broncos support of coal seam gas

Tuesday at a shareholders' meeting, Broncos executive Paul White was forced to defend his club's sponsorship by two mining companies, Anglo American and Arrow Energy involved in coal-seam gas projects, an issue that is causing deep divisions in Queensland and NSW.

Will Anzac Memorial Park survive 2012?

Acland closure

The Darling Downs township of Acland, population 1, will again host an Anzac Day Memorial Service in its park tomorrow, but the Greens are asking Premier Newman to confirm that the park will still be available for the service in 2013. 

The town’s Anzac park and monument will be lost to the New Hope coal mine if stage 3 of the New Hope Coal mine is approved.  The LNP promised during the state election campaign that an LNP government would not approve stage 3 but are yet to give any explanation of when or how they will stop it proceeding. 

‘It was distressing to note that despite all the election promises to residents of the Darling Downs there was not one mention of mining in Campbell Newman’s program for his first 100 days in office,’ state spokesperson for the Greens Libby Connors said today. 

‘Campbell Newman promised to protect farmlands and local towns through Strategic Regional Land Use Plans, a very similar concept to the New South Wales O’Farrell government’s regional planning. 

‘But Premier O’Farrell commenced work on planning to limit mining in rural New South Wales almost immediately. 

‘Is this the mechanism by which Campbell New man intends to block the expansion of New Hope? 

‘If not, how does he intend to fulfil his promise?

‘Those of us who want to see the Darling Downs and Scenic Rim protected, as Premier Newman promised, are  concerned that any delays to enact new regional planning will see many new or expanded mines proceed because there is no protective mechanism in place.’

Spokesperson Libby Connors said that the annual Anzac Day services at Acland have progressively grown over the past 5 years with about 300 people from across the district attending in 2011.  She said it was likely to be a good turnout again this year. 

‘It began as a way of expressing support to Glen Beutel, the lone resident who had refused to sell to New Hope and who maintains the Anzac Park first created by his parents.

‘It has become an expression of mourning the town the young veterans came from as well as the diggers who have gone off to war from this district.’   


Queenslanders to suffer after QR National Sell-Off

QR National will be even less accountable once the LNP privatises what remains in Queenslanders' hands, says Jo Bragg, the Greens' candidate in this week's by-election for South Brisbane.

Ms Bragg said the Premier, Campbell Newman’s plan to sell-off  the people’s remaining 34% of QR National was short-sighted and goes against the wishes of most Queenslanders.