Queensland Sadie Ladies create a political storm at Toowoomba hearings

Published: August 19, 2014

The Queensland Sadie Ladies turned their attention on Toowoomba today to highlight the need to keep our water catchments clean, our food lands mining-free and our lifestyles intact.

The intrepid ‘political cleaners’ targeted the State Government hearings examining LNP proposed legislation that takes away ordinary people’s rights to object to mining developments.

The government’s Agriculture, Resources and Environment Committee is in Toowoomba for hearings on the proposed Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014.

The Sadies’ spokesperson, Deborah Edwards said the draconian legislation, if passed, would mean 90 per cent of people would no longer have the right to object to mining in an effort to protect their farms and livelihoods.

“Toowoomba is the gateway to the Darling Downs, one of Queensland’s most important prime food-producing land and it is too precious to throw away to mining companies to make a quick buck,” she said.
“The Newman government’s disdain for clean drinking water is clear since it has allowed Coalbank Ltd to drill exploratory wells in the Wivenhoe Dam catchment, Brisbane's primary drinking water supply, while refusing to rule out the catchment area to mining. 

“Under proposed changes to the Water Act mining companies will have access to virtually unlimited groundwater. It appears nowhere is safe from mining and Queensland taxpayers will be left to clean up the mess.

“The Sadies believe it’s time the people had a say is this. We want transparency and no dirty deals, so we came here to clean up this place.”

The Sadies back the alternative People’s Common Rights and Provisions Bill 2014 that plans to return democracy and a fair go to the people. See here for details.

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