Outcomes of election environment survey for FNQ shows YOUR VOTE MATTERS!
The outcomes of a pre-election survey of local candidates by CAFNEC (the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre) has shown major differences between the candidates and their parties on key environment issues. CAFNEC has summarised these differences in an Environment Report Card.
Results showed a range of good to poor environmental responses from the Katter Australia Party (KAP) and the Australian Labor Party (ALP), with unsurprisingly consistent environmental protection policies from the Greens. No response was received from the Palmer United Party (PUP) and a lack of published environmental policy excluded them from being rated on the report card. Disappointingly there was also no response from any of the Liberal National Party (LNP) candidates. However the LNP’s published policies enabled a rating on issues for the report card.
For those who wish to dig a little deeper we have tabulated all responses received to our election survey, available as a pdf download here:
Questions on the survey focussed on protection of the Great Barrier Reef, policies on renewable energy and energy efficiency, coal seam gas mining in the region, future water sources and protection of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and Cape York biodiversity values. Candidate policy on spectacled flying foxes in the Cairns CBD was also sought.
Media contact: Angelika Ziehrl, Director (07) 4032 1746, director [at] cafnec.org.au