From the Great Barrier Reef to National Parks and protecting our native vegetation it's now clearer than ever that only Labor can be trusted to protect Queensland's environment, says Shadow Environment Minister Jackie Trad.
"During this campaign, Labor has announced a detailed policy on protecting the Great Barrier Reef, which conservation organisations described as 'comprehensive and ground-breaking' and 'game-changing'," Ms Trad said.
"In contrast, and despite the potential listing of the Reef on the UNESCO endangered list, the Newman LNP Government has failed to present a policy that Queenslanders can have any confidence in."
Ms Trad said in addition to its Reef policy, Labor was committed to reversing many of the devastating environmental wind-backs that have occurred under Campbell Newman and the LNP, including:
· Ensuring the ecologically-sustainable allocation of our precious water resources and repealing the water development options in the Water Act.
· Ensuring Queensland's vegetation management laws are strong enough to protect our remnant and high value regrowth native vegetation.
· Boosting renewable energy and turning the sunshine state into the solar state.
· Working with traditional owners, stakeholders and communities to legislate protections for Queensland's pristine rivers from large-scale industrial operations.
· Returning Labor's ban on uranium mining in Queensland.
· Return to the 2019 phase out of sand mining on Stradbroke Island.
· Reinstating third party objection and appeal rights to development approvals, which the Newman government abolished overnight
"Labor is the only party at this election with the right policies to protect our environment and the capacity to deliver in government," she said.
"If you're voting to protect our environment this Saturday – vote Labor."
Office of the Leader of the Opposition
30th of January 2015