Is this just a stunt?

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No, we take this matter very seriously and that’s why we tabled the People’s Common Rights and Provisions Bill 2014. Mining giants and multi-national corporations have so much influence over our government that families and communities are no longer getting a fair go.  Food, water, air quality and communities are at risk from unsafe and inappropriate coal and gas mining. It’s time to bring back democracy for all.

Who is behind the Bill?

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The Bill has been put forward by concerned community members and is sponsored by the Lock the Gate Alliance, a national coalition comprised of more than 200 community groups and more than 30,000 supporters including farmers, conservationists and Traditional Owners opposed to unsafe mining.

The Bill has arisen out of the experience of communities living with unsafe mining practices who have witnessed the degradation of farms, families and natural assets for short-term gains for mining giants.  We believe this Bill is necessary to restore balance and democracy to Queensland, a state down-trodden by the cosy relationship between government and multi-national mining corporations.

 

Why use such a wordy title for the Bill?

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The Bill ‘plays’ on the title of State Government’s draconian Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014. If this Bill becomes law, 90 per cent of proposed projects would not be open for community comment or objection.

We see it as another attempt by the LNP Government to curb the democratic rights of Queenslanders who should be able to object if they will be impacted by mines, whether or not the proposed mine is on their property. The impacts on land, air, water and coal dust go much further than the immediate landholders.

Why did you table the Bill in the Upper House?

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In other states, the Upper House or House of Review is where dodgy decisions can be stopped. But Queensland’s Upper House was abolished in 1922 so since then, all sorts of conflicts of interests between politicians and the big end of town have flourished unabated. We say, reinstate the Upper House to restore balance to Queensland’s political system. A state-wide referendum is needed to bring back the lost Upper House and our Bill proposes to trigger a referendum to give Queenslanders a vote on this crucial question of how our democracy works.

How are you going to hold a parliamentary debate if you’re not parliamentarians?

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We will try our best to persuade our politicians to debate this important issue in State Parliament. But we want to bring the people back into the political process to have their rightful say. Anyone can come along on October 28 to debate the Bill, launched by the people to bring fairness back, reduce the cost of living and protect the fundamentals of life from unsafe mining practices. 

Are you anti-mining?

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No, we are not anti-mining. We are against unsafe and inappropriate mining that puts at risk our valuable food lands, our water, pollutes the air we breathe and divides and conquers communities. Dodgy decisions between politicians and mining executives lead to all of us paying more eventually, both financially and in the cost to our health and well-being.  

Who are the Sadie Ladies?

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The Sadie Ladies are a roving bunch of concerned community members (women and men) hell-bent on cleaning up politics and mining in Queensland. They’ll be coming to an MP’s office near you someday soon with a bit of spit and polish to ensure your local politician is doing the right thing by you in an honest and transparent way.

The Sadies’ first outing was led by Coal Free Wide Bay Burnett’s, Vicki Perrin on July 24, 2014 when they ‘scrubbed’ the offices of State Government Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Jack Dempsey and Burnett MP, Stephen Bennett.

Their theme song is sung to the tune of John Farnham’s classic, Sadie the Cleaning Lady.