QLD deserves federal forest funding

The successful Queensland forest agreement deserves federal funding even if it does not fit federal Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) guidelines, according to the Australian Democrats. "The Federal RFA process is flawed and Premier Beattie was right to work around it," said Queensland senator and Democrats' Environment spokesperson, Andrew Bartlett. "The QLD agreement is not perfect…

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Australia’s Immigration program needs a dose of humanitarian aid

The strong reaction of ordinary Australians to the plight of the East Timorese and Kosovo refugees shows that politicians are lagging behind public opinion on immigration policy, according to Senator Andrew Bartlett, the Australian Democrats’ spokesperson on immigration and multiculturalism. Senator Bartlett was addressing a meeting of the North Queensland branch of the Australian Institute…

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Forests Agreement may determine preferences

As Premier Beattie finalises the Queensland Regional Forest Agreement, the Democrats have reminded Labor that they only hold power in Queensland because of the preferences of Democrat voters at the last state election. Democrat preferences were directly responsible for the ALP winning Mansfield and Springwood. In Barron River and Mt Ommaney, the preferences of environmental…

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Where’s Welford? QLD lags behind in protection of endangered and threatened species

Queensland needs to do more to protect endangered and threatened species such as the cassowary according to the Australian Democrats. Commenting on National Threatened Species Day, the Democrats’ environment spokesperson and Queensland senator Andrew Bartlett, said, "Queensland and Western Australia are the only two states without endangered species legislation. "There are 500 threatened species in…

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Prepare for East Timorese refugees

The Democrats have urged the Government to prepare to give haven to East Timorese refugees. "Australia has historic and humanitarian obligations to assist East Timorese refugees and we should allow for an expansion of the refugee program to respond to this situation," said Senator Andrew Bartlett, the Democrats' immigration spokesperson. "An influx of East Timorese…

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No charges laid over battery cage outrage

Senator Andrew Bartlett today condemned the ACT Department of Public Prosecutions' decision not to charge Parkwood Eggs despite battery cage cruelty which breached the Code of Practice. "I am disappointed in the Department of Public Prosecutions' decision and amazed that they have apparently said there is not enough evidence for prosecution," said Senator Bartlett. "I…

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Not so fast, Minister!

Centrelink has advertised changes to gifting rules despite the fact the relevant legislation has yet to come before the Senate. "This is more than 'jumping the gun'. There is no guarantee that the legislation will be passed," said Senator Andrew Bartlett, the Democrat spokesperson for Social Security. The legislation is designed to reduce the amount…

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Tighter rules for party registration still needed

It is time for tighter scrutiny of parties standing for election, according to Senator Andrew Bartlett, the Australian Democrats National Campaign Director and spokesperson on electoral matters. Senator Bartlett's comments followed the Queensland Supreme Court decision ruling One Nation's registration in Queensland as illegal. "It is too easy to register parties, there is not enough…

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Canberra Conference told – New green laws bring clearer rules and tougher penalties

CEOs and environmental consultants will need to be more conscientious or face tough penalties under the new environment protection laws, Senator Andrew Bartlett the Democrats' environment spokesperson told the Canberra branch of the Environment Institute of Australia today. The new Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, which takes effect on July 2000, means there will…

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Dems condemn National Pollutant Inventory delays

The public have a right to know about the pollutants and polluters in their communities now – not in four years time, according to Senator Andrew Bartlett, the Democrats' environment spokesperson. The Australian Democrats have condemned the two year delay in the implementation of the National Pollutant Inventory and the on-going exclusion of waste transfer…

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Loggers lobbying worked in Canberra, now QLD must protect its own forests: Federal Labor and Liberal poised to wash their hands of native forests

With the disastrous federal RFA bill likely to pass the Senate, the last chance to save Queensland's remaining native forests is in Premier Beattie's hands, according to the Australian Democrats. Environment spokesperson, Senator Andrew Bartlett said, "If Labor and the Coalition pass the federal Regional Forest Agreements bill, they are washing their hands of the…

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