Issues affecting us all
Australia has some of the most efficient and effective gun control legislation in the world. In fact, since the Howard Government introduced important reforms following the tragic Port Arthur massacre, the risk of dying by firearm in Australia has declined by 50%.
Strong gun laws are critical to keep people safe. Unfortunately, our laws are under threat from the LNP.
Following the Martin Place siege, the federal government introduced a temporary import ban on the Adler lever-action shotgun. In December 2016, COAG reached an agreement to reclassify and restrict access to the Adler guns. However, this is dependent on each state and territory passing their own legislation.
But the LNP in Queensland has recently launched a campaign against these important restrictions. Despite being capable of firing eight rounds in eight seconds, if the LNP get their way, the Adler would remain in the least restrictive category of gun ownership.
Not reclassifying the Adler would weaken our gun laws and make our communities less safe. That’s why we need your help! Queensland has a hung parliament, which means the LNP could block the reclassification of the Adler shotgun, just like they blocked stronger anti-tree clearing laws – and this time they even have a One Nation MP to team up with.
We know that the LNP and the gun lobby will throw everything behind their campaign to stop these laws. That’s why we need your help – we need people power to tell the LNP and the crossbench that we don’t want these guns on our streets.
I need you to join our campaign to keep Queensland’s gun laws strong.
Sign the petition, share it with your friends and join the campaign to help us spread the message that Queenslanders won’t stand for attacks on our strong gun laws.
TAKING IMPORTANT STEPS FORWARD
Ultimately, responsibility for driving down Australia’s carbon pollution rests with the Federal Government – but the Palaszczuk Government is committed to doing our fair share by reducing the carbon pollution we generate here in Queensland by:
- Reinstating a responsible framework for vegetation management. This is a key part of our plan. While these laws did not pass Parliament, we’re determined to take them to the next election.
- Establishing a 50% renewable energy target by 2030. To help deliver on this commitment, the Palaszczuk Government established the Renewable Energy Expert Panel to provide advice on pathways to achieving this target. You can make a submission on their draft report here.
- Setting a target of one million rooftops or 3000 megawatts of solar photovoltaics.
- Committing to support 150 megawatts of solar power generation in Queensland. Six new large scale solar generation projects have been announced and will be constructed in Dalby, Collinsville, Kidston and Oakey.
SAVING OUR TREES
The Palaszczuk Government made a promise to the people of Queensland at the last state election that we would return sound environmental protections to Queensland for the sake of the Great Barrier Reef, for the sake of our native vegetation and wildlife and for the sake of our climate.
Unfortunately, the LNP and the Katter Party teamed up to vote down this incredibly important legislation in Parliament. But we will take this fight to the next election – because we know that our environment and our Reef are too important.
Agriculture thrived under a decade of Labor’s tree clearing laws, growing by more than $2 billion in sector profitability during that period. This proves we can get the balance right between growing a thriving agricultural sector and protecting our environment.
We need to think about our iconic Great Barrier Reef, which attracts 1.9 million visitors and injects $6 billion into our economy annually.
The northernmost part of the reef is feeling the worst of the current coral bleaching event which we know is caused by climate change.
It is imperative that we curb our emissions from land use in order to protect our local environment and meet our international targets to prevent further global warming.
Land-clearing rates doubled in Queensland in the first two years of the LNP government. Queensland is now responsible for 90 per cent of Australia’s emissions from land use. This simply has to stop.
To get involved in the campaign to stop destructive land clearing add your voice below.
PROTECTING OUR WORLD HERITAGE SITE
The Palaszczuk Government has kept every promise we made to protect and manage the Great Barrier Reef. So far the Government has:
- Protected the Great Barrier Reef and the Caley Valley wetlands by not allowing dredge spoil to be dumped on the wetlands or in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (as the former LNP government proposed to do).
- Passed new ports legislation to limit port expansion and prohibit at-sea dumping of dredge spoil in the World Heritage Area and protected the Fitzroy River Delta from future port development.
- Created three net-free fishing zones in Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton.
We made an election commitment to provide an additional $100 million to reduce damage to the Great Barrier Reef. The Palaszczuk Government constituted the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce led by the Queensland Chief Scientist, so that scientists, not politicians, can decide where funding should go.
Following the recommendations of the Great Barrier Reef Science Taskforce, the Queensland Government has committed to:
- a ban on sea dumping of capital dredge spoil within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area;
- allocating the additional $100 million over five years towards water quality initiatives, scientific research and helping businesses transition to better environmental practices in the primary production and fishing industries;
- implementing vegetation protection laws in consultation with landowners to minimise damaging run-off to the Great Barrier Reef. You will note that these laws were not passed in Parliament as they did not have the support of the LNP Opposition or the independents. I can assure you that the Palaszczuk Government remains committed to introducing these laws and will take them to the next election;
- reinstating world-class coastal planning laws.
These actions have been recognised by the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Environmental, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in its unanimous decision not to list the Great Barrier Reef as a ‘world heritage site in danger.’
THE TRANSPORT NETWORK WE NEED
Cross River Rail is a $5.4 billion infrastructure project to provide a second rail crossing over the Brisbane River.
It will connect Boggo Road and the Gabba with the CBD and Bowen Hills – creating economic and knowledge hubs to drive innovation and productivity.
The corridor contains large parcels of under-utilised government land, which can be renewed into major hubs of retail, tourism, knowledge and innovation, entertainment, sports activities and commercial activities.
Learn more about Cross River Rail here.
PLANNING FOR OUR FUTURE
We need planning that will ensure that the future of South Brisbane is one where our unique community and culture is preserved.
Since my election in 2012 I have dedicated myself to the need for sustainable and sensible planning for South Brisbane’s future. It has been a privilege to continue this work in Government as the Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.
I have been working tirelessly with the Department and the community to deliver a new suite of planning legislation that will ensure sustainability, prosperity and liveability.
This is why I led reform Queensland’s planning laws. These new laws:
- Require local governments and state government to publish reasons for their development decisions. This will greatly improve accountability, as decision makers will have to show the community if they deviate from a planning scheme and provide their reasons for doing so.
- Require local governments to consult for longer on new planning schemes. There is also mandatory consultation on state planning instruments.
- Make sure that the community can appeal development decisions without the risk of a costs order being awarded against them.
- Provide stronger protection for heritage properties, with proposed developments requiring examination by an independent body.
The new planning legislation will commence in mid-2017.
If you would like to read more about our planning scheme you can go to: http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/planning-reform
One of the most rewarding parts of my job is being able to support the community groups and constituents of South Brisbane.
If you’d like me to attend or support your event, or you’d like to discuss an issue that you are having please contact my electorate office on (07) 3724 9100 or via email on [email protected].
One of the key ways that community groups can access funding support from the Queensland Government is through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund. Information on applying for these grants can be found here. The staff in my office are also happy to assist with filling out these applications and I am always happy to provide a letter of support to groups in South Brisbane.