Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VOTES: ELECTION 2016 -

Carmichael Mine / Ab­bot Point

I sup­port the Carmichael Mine in­fra­struc­ture with strict con­di­tions at­tached: that they have trust funds set up to en­sure all work­ers are paid, the en­vi­ron­ment is pro­tected and tax pay­ers are not left to clean up a mess in the event of fail­ure. Great Bar­rier Reef

There is no doubt the Gov­ern­ment needs to do what ever it can to pro­tect and sup­port the reef.

The first thing they can do is adopt the Glenn Lazarus Team pol­icy to en­sure Aus­tralian sea­far­ers are work­ing on all ships op­er­at­ing in our wa­ters. Ed­u­ca­tion

We sup­port: Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment fund­ing of schools and the higher ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, in­clud­ing the Gonksi re­forms, stop­ping cuts to TAFE and stand­ing against the dereg­u­la­tion of univer­sity fees; Health

The Glenn Lazarus Team will aim to re­verse the freeze on Medi­care re­bates, strengthen Medi­care and pro­tect bulk billing. Tourism

We will es­tab­lish an agri­cul­tural hub to at­tract new busi­nesses and op­por­tu­ni­ties in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor.

We will de­velop a new tourism plan for the sec­tor to drive tourism growth and es­tab­lish Mackay as the con­fer­ence and events hub of North Queens­land.

Key ar­eas of the wa­ter­front precinct will be re­de­vel­oped to es­tab­lish a vi­brant and bustling cen­tre of restau­rants, so­cial ac­tiv­ity and life­style op­tions, ie BBQs, recre­ational op­tions, etc, all of which will pro­vide jobs, com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and im­prove the re­gion’s live­abil­ity.

Michael Hall

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