The historic speech tabling of the People’s Common Rights and Provisions Bill 2014 by the spokesperson for Coal Free Wide Bay Burnett, Vicki Perrin in the Upper House chamber of Queensland State Parliament on August 14, 2014:
I hereby table the People’s Common Rights and Provisions Bill 2014 and give notice that the Bill will be debated at this parliament on October 28, this year.
People and communities across Queensland value our common rights and wealth. The clean water, rich farmland, unique wildlife and landscapes of Queensland make us all rich, by supporting our businesses and making our state great.
But all is not well. 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, life - it is all at risk from unsafe and inappropriate coal and gas mining.
To bring back the balance, we are launching this new Bill - a Bill launched by the people, for the people, that aims to bring fairness back, reduce the cost of living and protect the fundamentals of life from risky mining practices.
The Bill will be debated in parliament by the people and then voted on in a community referendum.