A Government-commissioned study into the climate impacts of coal seam gas remains secret, after the Labor, Liberal and National parties today voted down a Greens motion to make the Wilkenfeld study public.
The Queensland Greens have pointed to new analysis released today by The Australia Institute, in a report entitled Job creator or job destroyer: An analysis of the mining boom in Queensland, as further evidence of the problems caused by the unbalanced approach to mining that holds sway in Queensland.
The Queensland Greens spokesperson Libby Connors today joined with candidates Frida Forsberg (Toowoomba North) and Trevor Smith (Toowoomba South) to release the Queensland Greens plan for electrification and upgrade of the Toowoomba Brisbane rail line. (Details attached)
The Greens Candidate for Yeerongpilly and state spokesperson Libby Connors says that her party has long issued warnings that Brisbane residents would soon personally feel the effects of the coal and gas rush but she was still taken aback that coal seam gas tenements had been assigned over Brisbane’s western suburbs.
Dr. Charles Worringham, the Greens candidate for Indooroopilly, condemned reports that his Labor rival, Oscar Schlamowitz, had been gagged by the ALP.
Under questioning from the Greens today, Australian Government has acknowledged it has the power to use the national environment laws to protect Wild Rivers from Campbell Newman and a future LNP Queensland Government, which has pledged to roll back the laws against the wishes of many Aboriginal communities.
Tony Fitzgerald QC commented in 2009 that ‘Neither side of politics is interested in these [government integrity and accountability] issues except for short-term political advantage as each enjoys or plots impatiently for its turn at the privileges and opportunities which accompany power.’