John Har­bi­son: Giv­ing Greens vot­ers a voice

South Burnett Times - - NEWS - John Har­bi­son is the Greens can­di­date for Nanango.

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.

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