The National Advisory Council on Dental Health’s report, released by the Federal Government yesterday, echoes the Greens’ long-standing calls for universal access to dental care.
The Australian community expects to see action from the Australian Government on coal seam gas, as the response to the Senate Inquiry’s recommendations to protect our land and our water from the dangers of coal seam gas mining is due tomorrow.
The Queensland Greens have pipped the other parties when it comes to nominating women as candidates for the state election.
Queensland Greens state spokesperson Libby Connors said today that the party was disappointed that they had not reached 50% for female candidates but that 37% women was better than any of the other parties.
The Greens candidate for Noosa, Jim McDonald, said that he would work to ensure a positive environment for seniors in the electorate.
“My approach will be to ensure that seniors get the opportunity to participate in the social, economic and political aspects of life and to maintain their independence to whatever degree they feel able.”
The Queensland Greens agree with the Master Builders that sustainable environmental building practices should not just be confined to new homes and they also share concerns about housing affordability for Queensland families.
Queensland is getting sicker, and there's a reason. Our government could be doing more to improve Queenslanders' health at less cost, but neither of the old parties seems very interested.
Consider just one disturbing fact: Queensland's health budget has more than doubled since 2005. More than 70% of that has gone to public hospitals, yet waiting lists and ambulance queues have not been getting any shorter.
So what's the problem? What is it that the old parties cannot or will not see? The elephant in the room is preventive care. Or, to be more exact, lack of preventive care.
The old parties would rather grandstand with a new hospital wing than really look at doing something about why we get sick.
It's why we will work with the federal Greens who are working to make Denticare part of Medicare, because dental problems treated early don't turn into serious dental and medical problems. It's why Queensland Greens want to help keep people well in the first place while offering them the best care and management when they do become ill. Why we want programs for ensuring good fitness and nutrition. Why we want early-intervention mental health services. Why we want community focused heath services.
The long-term view. The old parties aren't very good at those.
Queensland Greens will work to:
Every voter in Queensland will have the chance to vote Green at the coming state election, with the party fielding candidates in all 89 seats.
Australian Government afraid to act on CSG
The old parties have again refused to take action on coal seam gas, as a Senate Inquiry report was tabled today recommending against the adoption of the Greens’ bill to give the Federal Government the power to protect water resources from mining activities.
With Hay Point, Dudgeon Point and Abbot Point all on our door step, not to mention the debacle occurring in Gladstone, the people of Mackay and the Whitsundays who are concerned about the Reef cannot afford to waste their votes on either major party according to the Greens candidate for Whitsunday Jonathon Dykyj.
Wet weather over the weekend did not dampen the spirits of Greens Candidates from the Toowoomba Greens Branch at the Cabarlah Markets on Sunday.
Greens Candidates from the electorates of Toowoomba North Frida Forsberg, Toowoomba South Trevor Smith, Nanango Grant Newson and Condamine Gabriele Tabikh were on the Hustings and talking to voters about their campaign priorities.