To: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister Anthony Lynham,
Experts are telling us that the Great Barrier Reef is experiencing the worst coral bleaching event ever seen and it is all because of climate change. Our reef is grappling with the impacts of climate change. You say that you care about protecting the reef but your actions speak louder than your words.
Recently, you granted the mining leases for Adani's Carmichael mega-mine. As Queenslanders, we know that outdated coal projects like Carmichael mine cannot coexist with our reef. We don't want workers and their communities left in the lurch when the future of the fossil fuel industry looks rocky. Queenslanders have a vision for a future powered by the wind and the sun, which supports healthier communities and protects the Great Barrier Reef for our kids.
We have all of the technology and people power we need to transform our energy system, create healthier communities and an economy that provides thousands of clean jobs for Queensland. We are calling on you to stand up for our reef, our climate and Queensland's future by:
- Actively creating a clean jobs plan for Queensland that creates healthier and sustainable communities
- Developing a fair and just transition plan for workers and communities away from outdated fuels and towards clean energy
Les O'Gorman answered no 2014-04-21 17:07:22 +1000Q: Should the government use taxpayer funds to fund an ad campaign supporting privatisation?
The Queensland government is spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money on an ad campaign to convince Queenslanders that the selloff of our public assets would be a "strong choice."
They’ve even included a website and survey tool designed to make it look like privatisation is a good idea, and the only way to pay for services and to pay off debt that is supposedly "unsustainable."
But their website doesn’t tell the whole story, and the choices it allows you to make are only the ones the government wants you to make.
For example, it doesn’t give you the option of making the "strong choice" to refuse the pollie pay rises delivered by the "independent" tribunal – a move that would save Queenslanders many millions of dollars that could be used to fund vital services.
We’re asking for the Treasurer to:
- refuse the massive politicians’ pay increase;
- be honest and open, put the full facts on the table;
- focus on getting services for Queenslanders, not on spending taxpayer money to support a "listening" campaign when you have already made up your mind.
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