I AM writing about "the fight" for Abbot Point and the Reef.
Either you have a healthy reef supporting tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of income, or you build very damaging coal and gas ports pumping out fossil fuels from some of the world's most ill-considered mines.
I know which one I'm fighting for.
You can not have both and it seems that some want to have their cake and eat it too.
Dredging, increased shipping and climate change are all ruining our essential fishing and tourism industries. But an unhealthy addiction to short-term fossil fuel greed continues.
Sadly, both the member for Dawson and the ALP candidate (along with others) are engaging in a misleading, simplistic and divisive fear campaign about Abbot Point by falsely saying that Bowen will die without the expansion and that anyone who has a different view must be an extremist.
More over, I can not see how comparing a dredging program ten times smaller than what is now on the table is meant to have any relevance. And 3 million cubic metres will not be the end as the area will require maintenance and there are further expansions planned.
The question is where do you draw the line? In my experience of greedy fossil fuel companies and governments eager to pander to them, they will stop at nothing.
It seems that those people in the community who legitimately hold concerns, including those in the fishing and tourism industries have been abandoned by the LNP, ALP and other so called community leaders.
The Greens are with the community and are putting forward plans for a balanced and diverse economic approach where we can have fulfilling employment that puts people and a healthy environment first. Jonathon Dykyj GREENS CANDIDATE FOR DAWSON