The Greens candidate for Noosa, Jim McDonald, said that the
election campaign had been largely a policy-free zone.
“I would have expected the sitting LNP member, Glen Elmes, to have done more to address issues facing Noosa. But he appears have left it to Campbell Newman, including the LNP's suspect de-amalgamation policy. The highlight of Glen Elmes' campaign was claiming the credit for a Labor Party promise to finally fix up Eumundi-Noosa Road.”
Dr McDonald said The Greens had put a number of policies out for consideration by the electorate during the campaign. “However, there were few opportunities to debate issues. Glen Elmes did not turn up to the Noosa Parks Association Forum and, apart from seeing him at pre-polling, I saw him once at the Noosaville Business Association breakfast.
“We have addressed a large range of issues and analysed the LNP's bureaucratic model of 'consultation' on de-amalgamation when they promised a vote for Noosa residents. Instead they offer an 'advisory vote' at the end of consideration of issues and submissions by the Boundaries Commissioner. It's a process designed to fail.
“We would have liked the opportunity to engage in other significant discussions with the Noosa community, for example improving women’s reproductive options and decriminalising abortion,” he said.
Dr McDonald said it is a matter of removing nineteenth-century attitudes that discriminate against women. “Making women’s reproductive rights subject to the criminal code is the ultimate discrimination.
"If elected to the Parliament, I will support decriminalising termination of pregnancy and legislative changes that allow qualified medical practitioners to obtain, prescribe and administer appropriate pharmaceutical agents for termination or, where qualified, to perform termination procedures.
“I am actively interested in a wide range of other issues including:
• setting State-wide standards for road signs, in particular roadwork signs, and policing roadwork speed limits;
• the right of choice between palliative care and allowing terminally ill patients to decide for themselves to die with dignity;
• removing joint surgery from the definition of elective surgery. Joint pain affects the quality of life of sufferers, threatens their employment and reduces productivity at work;
• providing equity in funding between the arts and sport. “Voters can check out the various Greens campaign initiatives at http://noosagreens.org/”