Media Release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 2 March 2012:
Bligh’s Green corridor is a plan to make Queenslanders poorer
You run a government that is racing towards $85 billion in debt, what do you do next?
Well, if you were Anna Bligh you borrow more money to retire productive assets.
Anna Bligh’s Border to Beach Green corridor is nothing but a plan to make Queenslanders poorer, more in debt and deny them the productive assets to get them out of it. Worse, all for no siginficant environmental benefit.
This so-called “green” corridor is a fancy name for theft and destitution, as Green-Labor governments shut down the economic future for people in between.
Retiring vast tracts of otherwise productive farming assets will leave thousands of other Queenslanders, particularly in rural and remote Queensland, behind. If you take out of business assets that can make money, that’s less wealth and less cash flow in a community to maintain schools, roads, hospitals and businesses.
Once upon a time the Labor party was formed in the shearing sheds of Barcaldine, now it wants to shut down the places that midwifed its birth.
All so that the Queensland Labor government can show its usual administrative competence by managing vast tracts of our state. Private landholders will look after their land better than governments because it is their land.
Governments can’t even run the national parks they have at the moment, with much of it infested with weeds and invaded by pests.
They should get their own backyard in shape first before they start invading the backyards of others.