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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.
    2001       2004       CHANGE  
  ALP Coalition MaxScore   ALP Coalition MaxScore   ALP Coalition  
                       
TRANSPORT OVERALL 22 14 60   18 8 60   -4 -6  
ENERGY OVERALL 21 12 50   18 10 50   -3 -2  
NATIONAL PARKS OVERALL 26 16 60   21 12 60   -5 -4  
WILDLIFE OVERALL 27 22 70   28 15 70   1 -7  
FORESTRY OVERALL 28 14 60   20 12 60   -8 -2  
BUSHLANDS OVERALL 36 20 70   29 18 70   -7 -2  
WATER OVERALL 48 29 90   34 21 90   -14 -8  
LAND DEGRADATION OVERALL 26 18 60   19 13 60   -7 -5  
REGIONAL PLANNING OVERALL 23 12 50   18 7 50   -5 -5  
FINANCIAL MEASURES OVERALL 22 16 70   20 11 70   -2 -5  
TOXICS OVERALL 28 14 60   19 12 60   -9 -2  
POLLUTION PREVENTION OVERALL 29 13 60   22 12 60   -7 -1  
CLIMATE CHANGE OVERALL 19 12 60   15 6 60   -4 -6  
AIR QUALITY OVERALL 27 12 50   19 10 50   -8 -2  
                       
                       
Overall Environment Performance 382 224 870   300 167 870   -82 -57  
  43.91% 25.75%     34.48% 19.20%     -9.43% -6.55%  
                       
Public Involvement Overall 51 35 130   39 25 130   -12 -10  

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