The Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator Nigel Scullion has praised the LNP’s plan to scrap the Queensland Labor Government’s flawed Wild Rivers declarations and allow traditional owners a greater say in the economic future of Cape York.
“LNP Leader Campbell Newman has said an LNP government would both work with Cape York people to protect Cape York’s iconic natural areas and ensure a bigger say in their economic development and look to a brighter future away from welfare,” said Senator Scullion.
“This is a big step in the right direction and I am glad the people of Cape York will get their voice back if an LNP government is elected and Anna Bligh’s ship finally sinks.
“Mr Newman’s policy does exactly what the Federal Coalition’s Wild Rivers bill was designed to do. Both protecting the environment but also allowing traditional owners a voice on possible project developments that will give their communities greater future economic prosperity.
“Campbell Newman has shown real leadership on this issue at a vital time for the people of Cape York.”
Senator Scullion said the difference between the LNP and the Queensland Government could not be any starker, with Environment Minister Vicky Darling recently announcing the state government was proposing three new Wild Rivers declarations on the Cape York Peninsula.
“This is in face of total opposition by Cape York’s inhabitants.
“Vicky Darling has said consultation groups will soon meet to consider the declaration of the Coleman, Olive-Pascoe and Watson catchments,” Senator Scullion said.
“It sounds like a complete waste of time as the government already has its mind made up when the minister says, “We anticipate that after some initial consultation with these groups, there will be declaration proposals for each area before the end of the year.”(# Quote from AAP)
“The Queensland Government is paying lip service to these communities with this kind of Clayton’s consultation,” Senator Scullion said.
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