First of all, thank you to those people who connected with us and gave us feedback on our first weekly update. It's great to know so many of you are engaged with the issues that matter and ready to take action for change.
Hundreds of you responded to our survey on the Abbott government policies you want Malcolm Turnbull to change. The largest single response was 32% of people who want the government to reverse cuts to health and hospital services and any form of the GP co-payment. After that were 30% who wanted more support for renewable energy jobs and another 20% who want the government to get to work cutting pollution.
These are all important issues that we will continue to talk to supporters about and support campaigns for change. The action we take today will shape the Australia's policy direction over the coming years. Remaining silent on the things that matter is not an option.
Here's a quick wrap of some of the other things that have been happened.
- The Australia Institute has released a new survey that shows that Australians across a number of electorates want the government to stop coal subsidies and start properly funding the services that our communities rely on. This comes as new Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg says the government is still prepared to throw money at the Adani mega coal mine. AND at the same time as the federal government is saying we need to cut spending. It's time for our politicians to get their priorities right by funding services, not cutting services that the most vulnerable rely on while opening up the chequebook for big projects that will endanger our Great Barrier Reef and agricultural land.
- Queenslanders have just come through three years where a government was more intent on attacking political opponents than listening to advice from the public service. Amid more signs of politicians trying to interfere with public service departments and the services they deliver, this week we discovered that the former Prime Minster Tony Abbott was calling for an investigation into Bureau of Meteorology's reporting of climate data.
- In news from across the Pacific, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for U.S. President, Hillary Clinton, has signalled her opposition to the dangerous Keystone XL pipeline, a carbon bomb that would push us over our budget. It's a great step to see political leaders like Clinton and fellow Democratic contender for President Bernie Sanders speak out against this project. After delay after delay, it's time for this ticking time bomb to be defused.
- In a move familiar to Queenslanders who experienced the doctors' dispute under Lawrence Springborg in 2014, junior doctors in the UK are facing new punitive contracts under the David Cameron government that jeopardise the future of the public health system. The good news is doctors and the community are standing up against these attacks. Let's hope that they too can turn back this attack and continue to work on delivering for patients.