Premier Anna Bligh has listened to the Greens and environment groups and committed to protect Bimblebox Nature Refuge from Clive Palmer's China First coal mine only a day away from the Queensland state election, heaping pressure on Campbell Newman to do the same should the LNP win Government tomorrow.
The Queensland Greens have strongly criticised the LNP’s short-sighted decision to defer land acquisitions needed for the cross-river rail project, saying it is further evidence of the old parties’ lukewarm commitment to public transport.
Protecting Mackay and the Whitsundays way of life means protecting Queensland’s farmers and food bowls. It means having healthy coasts and waterways. It means a better public health system with a greater focus on preventative care.
This is what the Greens are asking voters to consider when casting their vote tomorrow.
The Greens Candidate for Yeerongpilly Libby Connors today warned that the LNP had made no commitments as to what actions they would take in government with respect to Gladstone Harbour.
The Queensland Greens are disappointed that the ALP is lowering the standard of democracy and ethical electioneering with the issuing of fake how to vote cards (HTV’s) to voters.
The fact remains that the Queensland Greens are not recommending any other party on their how to vote cards in 88 of 89 seats.
The Greens are the only party to oppose offshore dumping in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, as the Labor, Liberal and National parties voted down a Greens motion to stop any further offshore dumping approvals.
The fate of Queensland’s Bimblebox Nature Refuge lies with how much power Clive Palmer will have over a Queensland LNP Government, as the mining billionaire banks on being allowed to turn the part taxpayer-funded Refuge into a 40 million tonne coal mine.
Today is World Water Day and in the context of the Queensland state election it is clearly only the Greens who are taking the issue of water seriously.
“Coal Seam Gas and uranium mining will be full steam ahead after Saturday if the polls are correct.” Queensland Greens spokesperson and candidate for Whitsunday Jonathon Dykyj said.
The mining boom driven by billionaire magnates like Clive Palmer is weakening the economy and damaging regional communities and the environment, but the old parties don’t want to know as they are likely to block a Greens motion deferred to tomorrow to assess the real costs of the mining boom to Queensland.