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WITH reference to George Christensen’s recent article in The Times, I can’t believe that our local LNP politicians are still pushing for “addressing the obstacles” to industry, particularly with regard to environmental issues in our beautiful Whitsundays.
After the recent Queensland election, I think it’s pretty clear that we don’t all want to put profit above all else, particularly when it involves a decrease in the level of good governance and our democratic freedoms. There are good reasons for the existence of “obstacles” to develop- ment and power. There are there to protect us, and our environment, from exploitation.
As an example, I refer to some of Tony Fitzgerald’s points made prior to the Queensland election, regarding the State LNP attacks on anti-corruption legislation and the judiciary.
"Unless there is an effective parliamentary opposition to advocate alternative policies, criticise government errors, denounce excesses of power and reflect, inform and influence public opinion, the checks and balances needed for democracy are entirely missing." Another way to “address the obstacles” to profit, is to simply tip the balance further in the profit-maker’s favour. I refer to the changes made during Campbell Newman’s reign, to the mining companies’ rights to our water.
Miners in Queensland will no longer need a licence to take ground water and will be exempt from reporting requirements for "low-risk" activities. So George, we all know we need industry, but make sure you do it in consultation with the whole community. I don’t think we don’t want to create another Gold Coast here. Doug Bradford CONWAY BEACH