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Albanese refuses to back ALP decision on Toondah Harbour development

Independent Australia
21 Apr 2021, 16:52 GMT+10

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese has refused to commit to opposing the construction of a town in internationally protected waters in Moreton Bay, Queensland.

This is despite the recent 2021 ALP National Platform Conference specifically advocating a policy of protecting Ramsar-listed wetlands and noting that Toondah Harbour, the site of the proposed town, is in such a wetland.

Local state ALP MP Don Brown still supports building a town in the bay, saying votes for him in three elections have been a vote for the project.

When asked by Independent Australia to nominate any surveys showing support for the town, Mr Brown replied:

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The following questions were put to Mr Albanese by Independent Australia:

Four days after receiving the questions, Mr Albanese's office flicked the questions to Shadow Environment Minister Terri Butler.

Ms Butler responded:

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And a spokesperson for Ms Butler said:

Mr Brown said:

But thousands of people are appalled by the idea. More than 22,000 people have signed a Change petition, Birdlife Australia has an online petition signed by more than 8,000 people, an e-petition to Parliament was signed by more than 6,000 people, a Redland City Bulletin poll was 'heavily against' the project, there are several other petitions, including one of 1,136 people and in face-to-face questioning of people by community organisation Redlands2030, 1,166 of 1,336 responses opposed the plan, with only 52 approving.

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Only eight of 1,419 submissions to the Federal Government did not oppose the project.

And Redlands2030, which campaigns against the project, has more than 7,500 followers on its Facebook page.

However, the Federal Government wants the project to go ahead. The Labor State Government supports the scheme. Mark Robinson MP says the scheme has the backing of the LNP and Redland City Council asked for the project to be made a Priority Development Area.

It seems Queensland Greens' Michael Berkman MP is the only parliamentarian opposing the development.

The next stage in the planning process is an environmental impact study which is said to be imminent.

Steve Bishop is a journalist and author. You can read more from Steve at stevebishop.net.

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