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Scorecard on the actual performance of the major parties in SEQ



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SE QLD - State Election 2004 Environmental Report Card                    
This report card was produced based on the actual performance of the parties over the last three years.
Produced By Brisbane Region Environment Council                    
Both parties have failed to perform in SEQ over the last three years. The government has "coasted" without seriously improving its understanding or performance. Bushlands have continued to decline in extent and condition. Land degradation has yet to be addressed on the ground. Air quality and the total quantity and types of pollutants released into the air have increased. Coastal zones and off-shore islands continue to be threatened by ill conceived "development". Parts of Moreton Bay continue to see declines in marine species, water quality and other nature conservation values. Inland rivers continue to worsen in terms of environmental flows and overall water quality and the government has failed to grasp financial options to fix this. Sand mining continues to threaten floodplains and the Bay itself, regulation of extractive industries is weak. The EPA is seemingly incapable of enforcing the protection of the environment. Regional planning has focussed on sacrificing the nature of the SEQ region in favour of ever more urban sprawl.
The SEQ Nature Conservation Strategy was endorsed and released but there has been no action to implement it. The government has failed to grasp the serious implications of global warming and sea level rise. It has failed to embrace meaningful cuts to greenhouse emissions or plan for climate change in SEQ. Resources to onground environment rehabilitation through environment groups, traditional owners, landcare and catchment committees has been slashed. The appropriate involvement of traditional owners across the board has been largely dismantled across the region.
The Coalition has seemingly abandoned its environmental policies and failed to develop any new ones. It has consistently opposed the introduction of state environmental regulations to protect bushland. It has failed to campaign for improved air quality. It has failed to really get behind the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water quality and is still in a partial state of denial about the nature of salinity problems in SEQ. It has failed to embrace the need for environmental allocations of water in SEQ or the urgent need to reduce water use to sustainable levels. The coalition also appears in denial about the reality of climate change. The Coalition appears to have no grasp of what the major environment issues are or how to address them at a state government level.
Summary Scores of the Major Parties
    2001       2004       CHANGE  
  ALP Coalition     ALP Coalition     ALP Coalition  
  43.91% 25.75%     34.48% 19.20%     -9.43% -6.55%  
Detailed Scores of the Major Parties
                     
    2001     2004       CHANGE  
  ALP Coalition MaxScore ALP Coalition MaxScore   ALP Coalition  
Transport                    
Demand Reduction 5 3 10 4 2 10   -1 -1  
Public Transport 5 3 10 4 2 10   -1 -1  
Corridor Planning and EIS 3 2 10 3 1 10   0 -1  
Environmental management 4 2 10 3 1 10   -1 -1  
Public Involvement 3 2 10 3 1 10   0 -1  
Indigenous Involvement 2 2 10 1 1 10   -1 -1  
TRANSPORT OVERALL 22 14 60 18 8 60   -4 -6  
                     
Energy                    
Energy Efficiency 6 3 10 5 3 10   -1 0  
Demand Reduction 4 2 10 3 2 10   -1 0  
Renewable Energy 5 2 10 4 2 10   -1 0  
Pollution Prevention 4 3 10 4 2 10   0 -1  
Corridor Planning and management (powerlines) 2 2 10 2 1 10   0 -1  
ENERGY OVERALL 21 12 50 18 10 50   -3 -2  
                     
National Parks                    
Planning/legislation 6 4 10 5 3 10   -1 -1  
Management 4 3 10 4 2 10   0 -1  
Acquisition 6 2 10 4 1 10   -2 -1  
Staffing 5 3 10 4 3 10   -1 0  
Public Involvement 2 2 10 2 2 10   0 0  
Indigenous Involvement 3 2 10 2 1 10   -1 -1  
NATIONAL PARKS OVERALL 26 16 60 21 12 60   -5 -4  
                     
Wildlife                    
Planning 5 4 10 6 3 10   1 -1  
Surveys 4 5 10 3 3 10   -1 -2  
Recovery 6 4 10 5 2 10   -1 -2  
Research 4 3 10 3 2 10   -1 -1  
Enforcement 2 2 10 5 2 10   3 0  
Public Involvement 3 2 10 4 2 10   1 0  
Indigenous Involvement 3 2 10 2 1 10   -1 -1  
WILDLIFE OVERALL 27 22 70 28 15 70   1 -7  
                     
Forestry                    
Data/Research 5 2 10 4 2 10   -1 0  
Planning/Legislation 4 2 10 3 2 10   -1 0  
Enforcement 4 2 10 2 2 10   -2 0  
RFA 7 3 10 5 3 10   -2 0  
Public Involvement 5 3 10 4 2 10   -1 -1  
Indigenous Involvement 3 2 10 2 1 10   -1 -1  
FORESTRY OVERALL 28 14 60 20 12 60   -8 -2  
                     
Vegetation                    
Planning/legislation 7 2 10 5 2 10   -2 0  
Mapping/SLATS 7 5 10 6 5 10   -1 0  
Protection of Ecological processes 5 2 10 4 2 10   -1 0  
Rehabilitation 6 5 10 4 3 10   -2 -2  
Enforcement 3 2 10 4 2 10   1 0  
Public Involvement 5 3 10 4 3 10   -1 0  
Indigenous Involvement 3 1 10 2 1 10   -1 0  
BUSHLANDS OVERALL 36 20 70 29 18 70   -7 -2  
                     
Water                    
Quality 7 4 10 6 3 10   -1 -1  
Allocation 5 2 10 4 1 10   -1 -1  
Groundwater 4 3 10 3 2 10   -1 -1  
Enforcement 5 2 10 4 3 10   -1 1  
Catchment repair 6 4 10 4 3 10   -2 -1  
Catchment planning 6 6 10 4 3 10   -2 -3  
Water Cycle management (eco hydrology)               0 0  
& other Ecological processes 5 2 10 3 2 10   -2 0  
Public Involvement 5 4 10 4 3 10   -1 -1  
Indigenous Involvement 5 2 10 2 1 10   -3 -1  
WATER OVERALL 48 29 90 34 21 90   -14 -8  
                     
Land Degradation                    
Mapping/Research 5 3 10 4 3 10   -1 0  
Planning 5 3 10 4 3 10   -1 0  
Rehabilitation 5 4 10 3 2 10   -2 -2  
Enforcement 3 2 10 3 2 10   0 0  
Public Involvement 5 4 10 3 2 10   -2 -2  
Indigenous Involvement 3 2 10 2 1 10   -1 -1  
LAND DEGRADATION OVERALL 26 18 60 19 13 60   -7 -5  
                     
Planning/ Legislation                    
State Plans and Policies 5 3 10 5 2 10   0 -1  
Regional Planning 6 2 10 4 1 10   -2 -1  
EIS 4 2 10 4 2 10   0 0  
Public Involvement 4 3 10 3 1 10   -1 -2  
Indigenous Involvement 4 2 10 2 1 10   -2 -1  
REGIONAL PLANNING OVERALL 23 12 50 18 7 50   -5 -5  
                     
Financial Measures                    
Policy / legislation 4 3 10 3 1 10   -1 -2  
Env Impact of NCP 4 2 10 3 2 10   -1 0  
Support for Incentives 4 3 10 4 3 10   0 0  
Env Assessment of Asset Sales 3 2 10 3 1 10   0 -1  
Env Assessment of GOBCs 3 2 10 3 1 10   0 -1  
Public Involvement 2 2 10 2 2 10   0 0  
Indigenous Involvement 2 2 10 2 1 10   0 -1  
FINANCIAL MEASURES OVERALL 22 16 70 20 11 70   -2 -5  
                     
Dangerous Goods Toxics                    
Data/Research 5 2 10 4 3 10   -1 1  
Planning/Legislation 6 2 10 4 2 10   -2 0  
Remediation 5 3 10 3 2 10   -2 -1  
Enforcement 5 2 10 3 2 10   -2 0  
Public Involvement 5 3 10 3 2 10   -2 -1  
Indigenous Involvement 2 2 10 2 1 10   0 -1  
TOXICS OVERALL 28 14 60 19 12 60   -9 -2  
                     
Pollution Prevention                    
Planning/Legislation 6 3 10 5 3 10   -1 0  
Pollution reduction 7 2 10 5 2 10   -2 0  
Retrofits/ Remediation 5 2 10 5 2 10   0 0  
Enforcement 4 2 10 3 2 10   -1 0  
Public Involvement 4 2 10 2 2 10   -2 0  
Indigenous Involvement 3 2 10 2 1 10   -1 -1  
POLLUTION PREVENTION OVERALL 29 13 60 22 12 60   -7 -1  
                     
                     
Climate Change/Greenhouse                    
Data/Research 5 2 10 3 1 10   -2 -1  
Policy / Legislation 3 2 10 3 1 10   0 -1  
Greenhouse reduction 4 2 10 3 1 10   -1 -1  
Structural Adjustment 2 2 10 2 1 10   0 -1  
Public Involvement 3 2 10 2 1 10   -1 -1  
Indigenous Involvement 2 2 10 2 1 10   0 -1  
CLIMATE CHANGE OVERALL 19 12 60 15 6 60   -4 -6  
                     
Air Quality                    
Planning /Legislation 6 2 10 4 2 10   -2 0  
Enforcement 5 2 10 4 2 10   -1 0  
Research.Monitoring 5 2 10 4 2 10   -1 0  
Strategies/Action Plans 6 3 10 4 2 10   -2 -1  
Public Involvement 5 3 10 3 2 10   -2 -1  
AIR QUALITY OVERALL 27 12 50 19 10 50   -8 -2  
                     
Public Involvement Overall 51 35 130 39 25 130   -12 -10  
                     
                     
Overall Environment Performance 382 224 870 300 167 870   -82 -57  
  43.91% 25.75%   34.48% 19.20%     -9.43% -6.55%  
                     

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Last Updated on 27/01/2004
By lorax