The Queensland Greens launched its six local candidates in their Sunshine Coast campaign launch today, with federal Greens Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters and Greens lead candidate Adam Stone for Mt Coot-tha.
In listening to voters across the state, the Greens have heard that Queenslanders are most concerned about health, coal seam gas mining and future economic growth, and these issues are highlighted by community concerns throughout various Sunshine Coast electorates.
“I am delighted that the Sunshine Coast has such strong candidates to be a Green voice in Queensland Parliament,” Senator Waters said.
“The Greens at the federal level have achieved a carbon package to finally put a price on pollution, a study into high speed rail along the east coast and steps towards Denticare for all Australians –imagine what we could achieve with Greens representatives in Queensland.”
“People are now realising that a vote for either of the old parties will only give us more of the same,” Greens lead candidate Adam Stone said.
“If voters really want a new direction, new ideas and a new life for the state of Queensland, they should vote Green at the state election and direct their preferences however they wish.”
Queensland Greens candidate for Glass House Stewart Luke welcomed the support he had seen in the electorate for the carbon package and a price on pollution.
“The fundamental reason for the package was to invest in renewable energy technologies and to move away from fossil fuels – like coal seam gas,” Mr Luke said.
“CSG is not a transition fuel. It is still a fossil fuel and may yet prove to be as detrimental through its life cycle as other fossil fuels.”
“Queensland will miss this opportunity to be a world leader in the renewable energy industry if current state government policy stays in place, which will happen if either the ALP or LNP retain power after the upcoming election,” said Greens candidate for Caloundra, Allan McKay.
“With over 80% of Queensland covered by mining exploration permits, it’s no wonder that most Queenslanders are concerned about the destructive effect this industry will have. The QLD Greens are calling for a moratorium on CSG while its potential environmental and social impacts are properly investigated.”
“A strong state economy is supported by strong local economies, and giving residents the ability to be engaged with their neighbours and their local businesses is a key element of Greens policies, such as high quality public transport,” said Kawana candidate Gabrielle Roberts.
“The Greens are about keeping people out of hospitals, not only providing first-class care in hospitals – we will make sure other treatment resources are available and better support our hard-working GPs and public medical centres,” said Buderim candidate Sue Etheridge.
All Sunshine Coast Greens candidates are committed to working effectively with MPs from the other parties and with local councils.
“It is only through this effort that we will promote meaningful and smart solutions to ensure future generations of Queenslanders have clean air, clean water and clean soil. And we will work in many other areas to champion integrity, fairness, good health, prosperity, and a sustainable, progressive society,” said Mr Stone.
Greens Candidate for Glass House talks about the major issues for the State and Sunshine Coast.