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A state election will be held in Queensland on Saturday 9 September 2006.
Over the past term of government in Queensland there has been some good headway made on issues such as broadscale land clearing, wild rivers and new national parks in Cape York Peninsula. However there are still many areas of major importance to our environmental future where significant policy shifts are needed - and needed urgently.
While Queensland is home to a number of world renowned natural wonders such as the Great Barrier Reef, Wet Tropic, and Fraser Island it also faces big challenges to get the balance between economic development, people's livelihoods and protection of the environment.
ACF has made a number of issues a priority in this election:
- Climate change
- Urban water use
- Cape York Peninsula
- Uranium mining
- Great Barrier Reef
As with any election, the Australian Conservation Foundation will be urging all political parties to consider the environment and sustainable development as they announce their policies throughout the election period. ACF has joined other conservation groups to develop an election policy document that sets out what Queensland needs to protect the environment and ensure sustainable development (click here).
This election we expect it will be even harder than ever to get political parties to treat the environment as a serious issue while the focus is on the short term response to the water crisis and other prominent public policy issues. ACF urges members and supporters to help raise the profile of the environment by writing letters to newspapers and politicians and using talk-back radio opportunities to put conservation issues on the agenda.
This site will be updated throughout the campaign with ACF media releases and information on policies relating to the environment and sustainable development and links to other useful sites.