Queensland's Government is currently the subject of an unprecedented federal inquiry after a deal between the Palmer United Party, Labor and the Greens. Over the next six months a Senate committee will examine Queensland's use of Commonwealth funds, the administration of the state's judicial system, and questions around development and environmental approvals. You can read the full Terms of Reference here.
The inquiry has a specific focus on approvals for coal and gas projects and provides a unique opportunity to expose the failures of the Qld Government to protect land, water and communities. Even the Queensland government themselves have admitted in an Auditor General's report last year that they do not have the resources, the systems or the data to adequately monitor and regulate resource projects. So there is plenty to talk about.
The inquiry has gained a lot of media interest and was off to a firey start at the first hearing in the Gold Coast yesterday. The next hearing is in Brisbane on 21 November, but submissions are open now til next Tuesday.
Do you have concerns about the approvals process for resource projects in Queensland? If so you may like to consider making a submission to the inquiry.
It is important that the Government hears the concerns from everyday people like you. Please take a minute to make a quick submission today.