Greens don’t want to stop Gladstone exporting coal now

Greens senate candidate Andrew Bartlett with Greens candidate Craig Tomsett.
Greens senate candidate Andrew Bartlett with Greens candidate Craig Tomsett. Campbell Gellie

STANDING in front of RG Tanna Coal Terminal as it filled up yet another ship Greens candidate for Flynn Craig Tomsett and Queensland senate candidate Andrew Bartlett spoke about transitioning away from coal yesterday.

"We're not closing it down but transitioning away from coal," Mr Bartlett said.

"We don't want to stop (transporting coal) but we don't think we need more coal mines."

Mr Tomsett said the Greens wanted to invest in solar and invest in wind.

"We want to invest in wind in the Bowen Basin and from here to Monto and to Emerald there are big expanses that are perfect for solar," he said.

He said the Greens position on these issues had been successful in putting pressure on the major parties but they still weren't doing enough.

"The fact that the same money is being spent on a football stadium in Townsville as it is in domestic violence which kills people is ridiculous," he said.

"Also, people in remote Aboriginal communities are 56 times more likely to commit suicide and this is a real problem and more needs to be done about it."

He said the Greens' budget plan to phase out capital gains discount breaks and negative gearing would create about $120 billion over 10 years and not affect Gladstone's property market.

"What we have learnt here is when the CSG came n the construction phase it drove up rental prices and now we have an oversupply with 1000 homes left (vacant)," he said.

"We're not worried about the loss of housing prices in Gladstone because it has already happened and can't get much worse."

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