Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Candidates Explain Their Approach to Climate Change

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Candidates Explain Their Approach to Climate Change

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The Greens - Paul Bambrick

Mr Bambrick emphatically agreed that climate change was an issue for CQ.

"If you haven't noticed the endless summer, unprecedented drought, bushfires and floods you are in air-conditioned fairyland," he said.

"Climate change threatens our economy, health and security and has been a political football for too long.

"We either deal with it now as a planned transition on our own terms or later as a crisis. The world has to stop burning fossil fuels and absorb some of the CO2 we have burnt.

"Alternative fuels -- solar/wind/hydrogen and planting a billion trees is a start. The Greens don't take fossil fuel companies' donations and will ensure the transition is fair for all."

One Nation - Wade Rothery

"Voters throughout our region take a realistic approach towards climate change. Most people recognise that the climate has been changing since earth's creation," Mr Rothery said.

"As a miner in Moranbah and Glenden, I've witnessed fossilised crustaceans and ferns, 50 metres below the ground. We cut through layers of 'climate change' that occurred well before man was around. We must maintain a focus on recycling, cleaning up after ourselves, nurture our waterways and not overpopulate our environment.

"People are conscious of the footprint they leave behind, but hyperventilating over the use of coal will not change the temperature, it will only ruin our economy."

LNP - Michelle Landry

"Climate Change is a massive issue for Central Queensland because it is Central Queenslanders' jobs that are constantly made the 'whipping boy' of this issue," Ms Landry said.

"The question for leaders is not whether the climate is changing, but what it is one wishes to do about it.

"I will not stand by while the elites in capital cities use the removal of my constituents' jobs as the answer to their consumption. …

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