Re­sponse to ar­ti­cle

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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