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Issue #1669      January 21, 2015

Ensuring Queensland’s survival

Lock the Gate Alliance President, Drew Hutton, says the coming state election is the most important yet for Queensland’s survival or demise.

“Queenslanders’ food bowls, clean water and air are being trashed by politicians and big business, especially the mining industry,” Mr Hutton said.

“This is our chance to say ‘enough is enough’ of the indiscriminate coal seam gas and coal mining that is ruining this state for the short-term gain of so few.”

He said Lock the Gate would survey candidates where they stood on CSG and other inappropriate mining and would advise voters accordingly.

Lock the Gate will lobby for the People’s Common Rights and Provisions Bill 2014 to be introduced to restore democracy to Queensland, stamp out corruption and to reinstate the Upper House as the House of Review.

“Queenslanders are being pushed off their land and sacrificed to make way for the mining juggernaut,” Mr Hutton said.

“The mining industry is undermining our democracy and hogging our land and water. Mining executives have unfettered access to politicians and undue influence on decision- making. The People’s Bill aims to restore the balance, clean out the political system and give the people back their parliament, their land, water and rights.”

People’s Common Rights and Provisions Bill

Objectives:

  • To shine a light on the glaring failures in control and governance of mining in Queensland
  • To set a standard for mining law reform that is engaging, exciting and reflects community values
  • To tell our own stories and pursue our campaign agenda outside government mandated processes
  • To expose democratic failures, loss of community rights and institutional corruption in mining in Queensland
  • To expose the steps taken by the Newman government to weaken and undermine community rights
  • To bring joy, humour and colourful direct action to play in engaging with a wider audience
  • The elements of the People’s Common Provision’s Bill are:
  • The right to say “no” to mining
  • The right to our health, livelihoods and the quiet enjoyment of our homes
  • The right to be represented in parliament
  • The right to our common heritage – the land, water and clean air
  • The right to object and have our objections heard
  • The right to clean politics

Documentary

Wide Bay Burnett communities have welcomed the release of a documentary highlighting the devastating impacts of mining in the region. The documentary, by Brisbane film-maker Mark Doyle and called Open for Business, includes interviews with residents and farmers describing their battle to keep their lifestyle, farmland and clean water and air.

Coal Free Wide Bay Burnett spokesperson, Vicki Perrin, said the release was “timely” given the coming state election.

“We are battling to keep our communities free of coal and gas mining because it threatens our lifestyle and livelihoods,” Ms Perrin said.

“The election gives us the opportunity to tell politicians that we demand the right to foodlands, clean water and air, and peace and quiet in our homes.”

She said the communities of Avondale and Winfield were concerned that the Liberal National Parties had taken away people’s objection rights and allowed high-value farmland to be mined.

The group has invited all candidates from the Burnett, Bundaberg and Callide electorates to attend a Pre-Election Community Forum at Tegege Hall on Wednesday, January 21at 6:30pm.

The documentary can be viewed here vimeo.com/116528927

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