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Queensland’s environment left to the wolves

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Larissa Waters

Australian Senate Australian Greens Senator for Queensland

media release

Friday, 24 August 2012 Queensland’s environment left to the wolves Australian Greens Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters, today joined with recently retired Leader of the Australian Greens, Mr Bob Brown, to call upon Queensland’s Premier Campbell Newman to reverse his course of environmental destruction across the state. Their call comes as the federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, is planning to hand over most of his responsibilities to protect the environment to the state governments, including the Newman government. “For all his manufactured outrage over Campbell Newman’s actions, Tony Burke is still committed to giving up his role to protect most of Queensland’s and most of Australia’s precious and iconic places,” Senator Waters said. “Campbell Newman will be left as the sole custodian for most of Queensland’s environment in a matter of months, despite his brief and abysmal record in rolling back environmental protections and programs across the state. “Without a 30 megatonne coal mine, and without a coal and gas shipping highway over the Reef, we can still be the Queensland we all know and love, with great communities, long-term jobs and a healthy and diverse economy. “But without our Great Barrier Reef, our parks, our wild rivers and our magnificent Cape York, what kind of Queensland is left? “Bob Brown and I are calling on Campbell Newman to start listening to Queensland communities, show some leadership and step up to protect what matters the most to Queenslanders and Australians.” Media contact: Elissa McKay 0419 626 725