John Harbison: Giving Greens voters a voice
BY PROFESSION, I have worked for more than 20 years as an environmental scientist specialising in groundwater assessment. My work has taken me throughout Queensland and has made me aware of the impact of mining and other development on farming communities.
We need mining to support our economy, but the benefits must flow to the community and not at the expense of forever losing productive farmland, water resources and unique ecosystems. Aside from the environmental impacts of coal mining generally, the proposed Adani mega- mine is unlikely ever to be rehabilitated.
Successive state governments are directly responsible for Queensland’s very poor mine rehabilitation record so their assurances supporting this mine have zero credibility. If Adani is the answer, we are asking the wrong question.
The Greens will introduce legislation that ensures more integrity and accountability in government decisionmaking processes by banning donations from mining corporations. We’ll raise $ 26 billion over five years by raising coal and gas royalties and put it into public infrastructure we’ll need to transition to a new economy that will ensure prosperity and comfort for all Queenslanders. The old parties, particularly the conservatives, have been tying themselves in knots over energy and climate action policies. It has become evident how detrimental their addiction to big business and climate denial ideology is to regional communities in particular.
The system is broken – with your support the Greens can repair it. I am proud to represent the Greens in the Nanango electorate to give electors the opportunity to vote for the Greens.
GREENS CANDIDATE: John Harbison.