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10:22 am, November 22nd, 2017 - 9 comments
Categories: australian politics, climate change, Environment, global warming, International, Mining, sustainability - Tags: alp, Australian Labor Party, liberal national party
The Queensland election is turning into one of those rare and weird ones in which a large-scale environment-versus-economy fight looms largest.
They go to the polls on November 27th. There’s around 200,000 New Zealanders in Queensland, with plenty more who used to be.
At stake is whether a seriously massive coal mine and rail and port goes ahead.
Labor will veto any Federal loan to the development proposer, Adani. Adani are an Indian company seeking to build a seriously massive cola mine and rail and port, and they need lots and lots of state support to make it happen.
LNP want this coal mine to proceed, and they want it real bad, plus they want more dams.
There’s been plenty written already on what that amount of coal released might mean for the survival of the entire Great Barrier Reef.
The LNP, not to be outdone on the policy front, are promising free off-peak travel for seniors on public transport. So it looks like they’re learning from Winston!
The Liberal Party aren’t doing great, but One Nation is surging.
In Logan, One Nation has a former world champion kickboxer and Hells Angel against Labor’s Linus Power. It’s really tight.
In Rockhampton, ex-Labor now Independent Margaret Strelow is splitting the progressive vote down, and it will be all down to the preferences there.
In Mundingburra, simply too close to call Labor v LNP.
In Gold Coast’s Bonney seat, it will come down to the Green preferences since there’s no One Nation candidate.
The Sunshine Coast’s Glass House seat has both One Nation and Green minorities reasonably strong, so again it’s totally down to where the preferences flow.
Further electoral analysis is here.
Just in case you think this is easy for us to laugh from the luxury of hydro-and-geothermal-powered New Zealand, Australia generates three quarters of its electricity from coal. Last week in Bonn and the big climate talks, Australia specifically refused to sign the pledge against mining and burning coal. Only iron ore brings more export income to Australia than coal. Think about that.
If Labor loses, the Carmichael mine will produce 60 million tonnes of coal a year from six open-cut pits and as many as five underground mines, over 60 years. Plus it unlocks the entire Galilee Basin.
If, as is possible, One Nation hold the balance of power in the Queensland Parliament, we are in for the kind of politics that we are more familiar with in Austria, the Netherlands, and Poland.
It’s too close to call, and there’s a lot riding on the Queensland state election.