Elec­toral change

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

I STRONGLY sup­port the pro­posed changes to the elec­toral bound­aries sub­mit­ted to the Change Com­mis­sion by the coun­cil’s CEO, Scott Wa­ters.

At last it of­fers fair and re­spon­si­ble di­vi­sional bound­aries to all the ratepay­ers within the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil area.

Shane Smith, Air­lie Beach

Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s $5 bil­lion north­ern devel­op­ment fund (tacked onto the na­tional debt) could fund Adani’s Galilee basin devel­op­ment and Ab­bot Point ex­pan­sion, de­spite the promised 28,000 jobs be­com­ing only 1464 un­der cross-ex­am­i­na­tion in the land court.

The LNP blocked a par­lia­men­tary in­quiry into Adani’s cor­po­rate in­tegrity de­spite an In­dian State Om­buds­man’s re­port de­tail­ing bribery, cor­rup­tion, large-scale re­source theft and en­vi­ron­men­tal breaches in In­dia.

They chose in­stead an in­quiry aimed at fur­ther de-fund­ing en­vi­ron­ment groups.

They have ig­nored this mas­sive project’s to­tal cu­mu­la­tive im­pacts by di­vid­ing it into smaller in­di­vid­ual projects for the pur­pose of en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­provals.

They pre­tend global warm­ing doesn’t ex­ist or isn’t our prob­lem be­cause the coal burns else­where.

They ig­nore global im­pacts like air pol­lu­tion, acid rain, and acid­i­fi­ca­tion of the ocean.

They fail to con­sider coal dust con­tam­i­na­tion, and a mas­sive in­crease in ship­ping through the reef, risk­ing in­tro­duced species in bal­last wa­ter, col­li­sions and ground­ings.

A per­cep­tion of care­ful en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment has been cre­ated by im­pos­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions, but de-fund­ing of the en­vi­ron­ment depart­ment means too few staff and re­sources are avail­able to prop­erly as­sess pro­pos­als or mon­i­tor en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age of projects, as hap­pened in Glad­stone.

It seems to me politi­cians rep­re­sent po­lit­i­cal donors first, re­gard­less of their ethics and char­ac­ter.

In­tegrity and due dili­gence come a dis­tant sec­ond.

Eric Oliver, Brandy Creek

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