Good science and balanced development must guide new LNP government in Queensland

Published: March 29, 2012

The Lock the Gate Alliance today congratulated Queensland Premier Campbell Newman whose government yesterday ruled out approving the Acland and Felton coal mines on the state's Darling Downs and called on him to make science and balanced development the key themes of his term of office.

Lock the Gate president, Drew Hutton, said it was obvious Mr Campbell was going to make quick and decisive changes to the way things worked in Queensland and he was hoping Lock the Gate could work with the new government instead of going to war with it, as they had to do with the previous Labor government.

"Mr Newman has made a good start. The Acland and Felton projects should never get approval because they are on good agricultural land and in closely settled areas. Such places are not suitable for high-impact mining," Mr Hutton said.

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Labor punished for selling state assets: Newman must learn the lesson

Published: March 25, 2012

Lock the Gate Alliance president, Drew Hutton, congratulated Campbell Newman on his election victory last night and welcomed his statement that he would govern for all Queenslanders.

Mr Hutton said the LNP should learn from the mistakes of the Bligh government which had been rightly punished by the voters.

"Anna Bligh's complete failure to appreciate the traditional nature of Queensland politics and the widespread belief that state assets should not be flogged off because the government can't balance the books led to the almost complete obliteration of the Labor Party in the Queensland Parliament," Mr Hutton said.

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Lock the Gate welcomes Labor’s plans to protect Bimblebox

Published: March 23, 2012

The Lock the Gate Alliance welcome the overnight announcement by the Queensland ALP to protect nature refuges from mining, including the Bimblebox refuge near Alpha.

Alliance president, Drew Hutton, said this was a major concession by Labor and he called on the Liberal National Party to match the promise.

"The LNP responded to a questionnaire from Lock the Gate saying it would protect areas of high conservation value from coal mining but it did not specify nature refuges," Mr Hutton said.

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Coal seam gas tenements in Brisbane suburbs

Published: March 19, 2012

 large coal seam gas exploration permit has been granted over a large part of Brisbane's western suburbs.

The permit, known as EPP641 is owned by BNG Pty Ltd which is a subsidiary of the large CSG company, Arrow which is, in turn, owned 50-50 by the multi-national corporations, PetroChina and Shell.

Suburbs of Brisbane covered by the EPP include Moggill, Pullenvale, Karana Downs and Brookfield and the tenement comes within a kilometre or so of the Kenmore shopping centre.

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Lee Kernaghan to open and close Food Security Forum

Published: March 07, 2012

Australian country music singer and songwriter and 2008 Australian of the Year, Lee Kernaghan will open and close next Monday's Food Security Forum at the Brisbane Convention.

Mr Kernaghan, who feels passionately about the destruction being caused to the Australian bush by coal and coal seam gas, will sing some of the songs that have made him a household name in this country.

The Food Security Forum will be hosted by radio broadcaster, Alan Jones, and will feature four intelligent and courageous women farmers on the front line of the conflict with the resources sector in Queensland. These women are Ruth Armstrong, a cotton and grain irrigation farmer from Cecil Plains, Tanya Plant, a farmer who lives next door to the Acland coal mine, Katie Lloyd, a cattle farmer from Chinchilla who has had to live for several years with over 20 gas wells on her property, and Debbi Orr from the Tara residential estate who is forced to live next to a QGC gas field. All women are also mothers with small children.

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