Attention Mr Christensen
GEORGE Christensen's uninformed speech to parliament recently just shows how out of touch with the real world he is. To imply that if Queensland does not export coal to India then the poor people there will stay poor as a result is completely inaccurate and false.
Even if Queensland's coal is exported to India there is absolutely no benefit to many millions of poor people in India. They will not have access to any energy created by our coal - they simply cannot. It is Impossible. In the poorest regions of India there is no energy infrastructure, none at all. Even if by some miracle the Indian government was able to provide the appropriate infrastructure the poor people would still not be able to access it. They cannot afford to pay for energy - simple as that. No money, they’re poverty stricken. People opposed to shipping off our dirty (yes, coal is a dirty industry George) coal are not extreme greens. They are ordinary Australians from all backgrounds, walks of life and regions, and are well informed on the documented health risks of coal to both the environment and human health. They understand that the poor of India will not benefit in any way from us exporting coal to India - a country where the environment minister has publically stated they do not wish to purchase additional coal from Australia and are actively moving away from reliance on fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. It is extremely disheartening to realise that our local federal member is so uninformed on the impacts of the coal industry that he is happy to broadcast inaccurate information, and appears to be disassociated from many of his constituents view points and concerns.
Sandra Williams AIRLIE BEACH