Jobs versus the environment: the debate Queensland can end

Dale, Allan (2015) Jobs versus the environment: the debate Queensland can end. The Conversation, 23 February 2015. pp. 1-4.

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[Extract] The tension between the two aims of protecting the environment and promoting economic development has been a major factor in the unprecedented swings from Labor to the Liberal National Party and back again in the past two Queensland state elections. If Labor doesn't want to fall foul of that trend again in three years' time, it has a tricky balancing act ahead of it.

Can Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk deliver on her pledge that "fundamentally it's about job creation, kick-starting our economy, restoring our confidence and restoring our trust", without undermining her environmental promises, including that "only Labor will protect the Great Barrier Reef"?

There is a way to finally get off the outdated jobs-versus-environment seesaw – and many of the lessons for Queensland are relevant for other parts of the country too, especially across northern Australia.

Item ID: 37589
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Keywords: jobs, Queensland, Labor, environment, economic development
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2015 03:33
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960705 Rural Land Policy @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection @ 40%
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