OFF TO THE POLLS

Daw­son’s res­i­dents pre­pare to cast votes

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

EIGHT long weeks of a fed­eral elec­tion cam­paign are al­most at an end with res­i­dents head­ing to the polls on Satur­day.

In to­day’s Whit­sun­day Times, we asked the seven can­di­dates stand­ing for Daw­son where they stood on the Carmichael Mine and Ab­bot Point, health, ed­u­ca­tion, tourism and the Great Bar­rier Reef.

LNP

Carmichael Mine / Ab­bot Point

I sup­port the Carmichael Coal Project be­cause of its abil­ity to drive jobs and growth in our lo­cal econ­omy. Great Bar­rier Reef

The Lib­eral Na­tional Gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated $461mil­lion to pro­tect the Great Bar­rier Reef. Fund­ing goes to projects which ad­dress wa­ter qual­ity and gully ero­sion, as well as those that tackle crown of thorns starfish and il­le­gal fish­ing.

We have also just an­nounced a $1 bil­lion Reef Fund to drive wa­ter qual­ity im­prove­ment and sup­port job-cre­at­ing re­new­able en­ergy projects along the Great Bar­rier Reef coast­line. Ed­u­ca­tion

In our re­cent Bud­get, the Lib­eral Na­tional Gov­ern­ment an­nounced the most sig­nif­i­cant pack­age of ed­u­ca­tion qual­ity re­forms in a gen­er­a­tion.

To­tal Com­mon­wealth fund­ing to all schools across Queens­land will be $907.6 mil­lion, which is a 27.5% in­crease from 2015–16 to 2019–20. Health

The big pic­ture is that the Com­mon­wealth will pro­vide an es­ti­mated ad­di­tional $2.9 bil­lion in fund­ing for pub­lic hos­pi­tal ser­vices from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020, with growth in Com­mon­wealth fund­ing capped at 6.5 per cent a year. Tourism

A re-elected Lib­eral Na­tional Gov­ern­ment will in­vest $300,000 to­wards a walk­ing track at White­haven Beach to ad­dress is­sues of over­crowd­ing. I have also been work­ing with the marine tourism in­dus­try to ad­vo­cate for greater su­pery­acht ac­cess in the Whit­sun­days.

ALP

Carmichael Mine / Ab­bot Point

I sup­port the project pro­vid­ing it meets our en­vi­ron­men­tal and fi­nan­cial stan­dards and pro­vides lo­cal jobs for lo­cal peo­ple. Great Bar­rier Reef

Our Great Bar­rier Reef plan – a long term, co­or­di­nated and re­source strat­egy will be sup­ported by a fund of $500m over five years, in­clud­ing $377 mil­lion of new in­vest­ment.

We will also work with the Queens­land gov­ern­ment and lo­cal stake­hold­ers to im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Great Bar­rier Reef Wa­ter Sci­ence Task­force re­port. Ed­u­ca­tion

La­bor will in­vest $3.8 bil­lion more than Mr Turn­bull in Aus­tralian schools.

This in­cludes $725 mil­lion more in Queens­land and $35 mil­lion ex­tra in the Daw­son elec­torate in 2017 and 2018, com­pared to the LNP. Health

Hos­pi­tals in Queens­land can ex­pect to re­ceive about $400 mil­lion more over the next four years than they would un­der the LNP.

Only La­bor be­lieves ac­cess to ba­sic health­care should rely on your Medi­care card, not our credit card. Tourism

La­bor will al­lo­cate $1 bil­lion to a North­ern Aus­tralia Tourism In­fra­struc­ture Fund to boost part­ner­ships with the tourism sec­tor and pro­vide in­cen­tives for in­vest­ment in new and up­graded tourism in­fra­struc­ture across the north. A com­mit­ment by a Shorten La­bor gov­ern­ment, the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil and my­self to the $13.2 mil­lion Air­lie Beach Foreshore De­vel­op­ment will re­vamp the area and be a key driver for fur­ther tourism de­vel­op­ment.

Greens

Carmichael Mine / Ab­bot Point

I do not sup­port this project.

The open­ing up of the Galilee Basin will be an eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter. Great Bar­rier Reef

We will act rapidly on global warm­ing, with 90% clean en­ergy by 2030, a ban on new ther­mal coal mines and frack­ing projects, abo­li­tion of fos­sil fuel sub­si­dies and a just tran­si­tion for work­ers; slash wa­ter pol­lu­tion with a $2 bil­lion fund over five years; stop dam­ag­ing port ex­pan­sion and ban all off­shore dump­ing and cap­i­tal dredg­ing by clos­ing the loop­holes in the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ment’s ex­ist­ing rules. Ed­u­ca­tion

The Greens sup­port the im­me­di­ate fund­ing of the needs-based, sec­tor-blind, Gon­ski ed­u­ca­tion fund­ing model, in it's en­tirety. Health

The Greens sup­port a world class, pub­licly funded health sys­tem.

We will in­vest $280 mil­lion for ru­ral men­tal health, in­clud­ing the de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of a work­force plan and fund­ing for step-up, step-down sup­port ser­vices and ac­com­mo­da­tion. Tourism

The Greens would con­trib­ute $60 mil­lion to re­gional tourism grants to be awarded to lo­cal tourism busi­nesses, com­mu­nity groups and lo­cal gov­ern­ments on a com­pet­i­tive ba­sis.

We will pro­vide $40 mil­lion over four years to Tourism Aus­tralia to mar­ket us to the world.

Only the Greens will take the ac­tion nec­es­sary to pro­tect the Reef and its $6 bil­lion 69,000 jobs.

KAP

Carmichael Mine / Ab­bot Point

I sup­port the Carmichael Mine, how­ever I do not sup­port the ex­pan­sion of Ab­bot Point.

In­stead I will ad­vo­cate that in­fra­struc­ture fund­ing should be re­dis­tributed to the de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Daw­son In­land Rail Project (DIRP).

The DIRP will cre­ate jobs and re­di­rect the trans­port of base commodities and agri­cul­tural commodities in­land to­wards the Dar­win Port, fur­ther­more ship­ping will be di­rected away from the Great Bar­rier Reef. Great Bar­rier Reef

The de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Daw­son land and wa­ter man­age­ment Co-op­er­a­tive be­tween First Na­tions peo­ple and the farm­ers will en­sure and main­tain a duty of care for the lands, wa­ters and the Great Bar­rier Reef. Ed­u­ca­tion

I will ad­vo­cate that a greater dis­tri­bu­tion of rev­enue should be al­lo­cated to state ed­u­ca­tion and ad­vo­cate for a slid­ing scale al­lo­ca­tion of funds to pri­vate and re­li­gious schools. Health

If elected I will con­tin­u­ally ad­vo­cate for the dis­tri­bu­tion of tax dol­lars to­wards strength­en­ing our Medi­care sys­tem to optimise the well­be­ing of our so­ci­ety. Tourism

I am com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing the eco­nomic and so­cial ben­e­fits de­rived from the reef; by redi­rect­ing ship­ping away from Ab­bot Point via the Daw­son In­land Rail Project and the cre­ation of a Daw­son Land and Wa­ter Man­age­ment Co-op­er­a­tive be­tween First Na­tions peo­ple and the farm­ers to en­sure best prac­tice.

Lib­eral Na­tional Coali­tion: Ge­orge Chris­tensen Aus­tralian La­bor Party: Frank Gilbert

Greens: Jonathan Dykyj

In­de­pen­dent: Steven Large

Glenn Lazarus Team: Michael Hall

Fam­ily First: Amanda Nick­son

Kat­ter's Aus­tralian Party: Ashley Dodd

Jonathan Dykyj

Ge­orge Chris­tensen

Ashley Dodd

Frank Gilbert

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