Ipswich City Council’s transition from coal mining gives the city a competitive edge

Onya Ipswich! Aiming for a more sustainable future

The Australian Greens congratulate Ipswich City Council for its economically and environmentally responsible decision to transition away from coal mining by not supporting new coal mines or expansions.

“This forward-thinking decision will make Ipswich, our state’s fastest growing city, more liveable and healthy,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.

“It gives Ipswich a competitive edge in embracing 21st Century opportunities in clean energy, agriculture, transport, IT, research and advanced manufacturing.

Queensland leads the way... with unemployment

Worse unemployment since the Great Depression

Queensland’s unemployment rate, at 6.9%, is now the highest in the nation, equalled only by Tasmania’s.

Tasmania’s economy is hampered by a number of structural barriers, including population size, remoteness, and transport expense. Queensland has none of these problems.

Queensland’s exceptionally high unemployment is entirely that of the poor policy decisions and financial mismanagement of the LNP . But this means we can fix it. We can free employers to work with Queensland’s many natural advantages to deliver quality jobs in productive industries.

Morrison should abandon failing welfare to work programs

Welfare to work programs are ineffective and ideologically driven

The Australian Greens argue that new Social Services Minister Scott Morrison cannot ignore new evidence that points to the failure of the ‘welfare to work’ approach undertaken by Australia’s last four Prime Ministers.

“Welfare to work programs are ineffective and ideologically driven. They waste resources that should be used to help people into secure, long term employment,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said.

Greens reject discriminatory work for the dole plans

The Australian Greens have rejected a discriminatory Government plan to make different rules for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities in order to access income support.

"The Government has waited until after Parliament has finished for the year to announce their plans to force people in remote communities to undertake work for the dole for 12 months a year in order to receive income support," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.

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