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Queensland must have Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)

Member for Cairns Rob Pyne’s call for an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) to be established in Qld has gathered momentum following a Queensland Mayor being arrested and charged with offences including extortion.

Pyne condemned the Palaszczuk Government for a failure to listen to concerns he raised in Parliament over many sittings, which most recently resulted in him being referred to as a ‘coward’. He said, “The CCC has a large archive of complaints that need to be reviewed. Whistleblowers and complainants from the past need to be interviewed and given an opportunity for a proper hearing”

Pyne said, “The current process is inadequate. Just getting the CCC to investigate is a massive obstacle. The percentage of complaints investigated is LESS than 2%. The remaining 98% are referred back to the organisation being complained about.”

Professor Prenzler said of the CCC “Over three decades the Commission had failed in its task of independently investigating allegations and preventing misconduct by sending complaints back to the agency concerned where they usually vanished, leaving complainants disillusioned, angry and vulnerable.”

“These are not victimless crimes, people have suffered, lives have been lost. This is not about me, this is about our state and stamping out crime and corruption in the public sector.

“I continue to call for the Palaszczuk Government to support an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) for the Sunshine State. Today I have written to The Premier requesting:

  • Establishment of an ICAC in Qld.
  • A ban on property developer donations to Mayors and Councillors.

 

This matter is now so serious and urgent that should the Palaszczuk Government fail to act they will be increasingly infected by the stench of existing and emerging corruption.”

Queensland Must Establish ICAC now to punish Corrupt!

Member for Cairns Rob Pyne has condemned the Palaszczuk Government for a failure to listen to concerns regarding local government, in light of recent events and explosive documents he will table today in the Queensland Parliament. This follows Mr. Pyne’s well documented public feud with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad on this issue. Pyne claimed corruption would remain widespread in Queensland until the Sunshine State had its own Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

Mr. Pyne who had previously tabled documents alleging ‘wrong doings’ in relation to Ipswich and other Councils was rebuked by Deputy Premier and then Local Government Minister Jackie Trad. Trad repeatedly told Mr Pyne, that the current complaints process – to first complain to the council itself and then the Crime and Corruption Commission – was adequate. Pyne rejected this, saying “Complaining directly to councils on some circumstances has seen some residents threatened with legal action, businesses locked out of council contracts and employees threatened to lose their employment.”

Pyne added, “because of this and for a number of reasons, the CCC has consistently failed to identify and punish wrongdoers and a judicial inquiry should be established, with all the required powers. Transparency and accountability must be a cornerstone of our governance process.

Mr Pyne’s concerns were further validated recently with the Operation Belcarra investigation into the conduct of candidates involved in the 2016 local government elections, Paul Pisasale recent resignation and follows last night’s screening of Four Corners, outlining the human toll of The Joke in pre-Fitzgerald Queensland.

Mr. Pyne said, documents he tabled in Parliament make sensational allegations regarding Ipswich Council and he hopes the cumulative pressure will convince the Queensland Government to establish an ICAC. Pyne concluded, “I remain committed to getting our state to a gold standard. That means an Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) here in Queensland. His view is shared by 80 per cent of the population and we deserve an ICAC now.

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Ministers of religion must report abuse says Pyne.

I have moved the Child Protection and Education Legislation (Reporting of Abuse) Amendment Bill 2017

This Bill follows the widespread and worldwide revelations of childhood sexual abuse by religious representatives over decades. It does not include the confessional as an exception from mandatory reporting.

This Bill is not a direct response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. After all, the issue of abuse of children by church run institutions is a well-known and worldwide fact. The tragic conveyor-belt of witnesses before the Royal Commission only proved to confirm what we all know about institutional abuse. It ruined 1000s of lives and hurt 1000s of vulnerable children.

I am sure we all felt shock and deep sorrow at the staggering statistics that were produced by the commission. One in 14 Catholic clergy were accused of abuse by 4,444 victims over six decades. A terrible abuse of power and a terrible failure of our society. In some individual orders, that rate increased to a staggering one in five. The report also stated that the Church was unwilling to investigate the reported abuse and also assisted in covering up the incidents after they were reported, with Senior Counsel Gail Furness noting to the Commission, that “Children were ignored or worse, punished. Allegations were not investigated. Priests were moved. The parishes or communities to which they were moved knew nothing of their past. Documents were not kept or they were destroyed.”

The worst order, the St John of God brothers, had 40% of religious brothers accused of abuse. The consequences of failing to achieve fundamental structural and cultural change would be dire, not only for the protection of children, but for the fate of the Catholic Church itself. The Christian Brothers, shows that, through its slow descent into irrelevance. Twenty-two per cent of its clergy were alleged perpetrators, the second highest rate of any religious order in the country. More than 1,000 survivors made a claim against the Christian Brothers. Victims were, on average, 11 years old when they were abused. I cannot imagine the horror of this experience for a child.

The Christian Brothers has paid out the most of any Catholic order to survivors, making 763 payments worth $48.5m, an average payment of about $64,000. Its brand is all but gone from Australia, replaced by Edmund Rice Education Australia, an organisation with the Christian Brothers’ founder as its namesake. Christian Brothers’ Oceania leader, Peter Clinch, said there were only 280 brothers left Australia-wide, most of whom were 75 or above. The youngest is 53. They no longer seek new candidates for the order. Well Mr. Speaker, I for one say that is an overwhelmingly good thing.

Royal Commission witness, Christopher Geraghty wrote in 2013 “…. the Church has for centuries presumed that it can police its own borders, that it is an independent empire, not answerable to any secular power. It has had its own language, its own administration and training programmes, its own schools and uni

ormer district court judge and ex-priest Chris Geraghty
ormer district court judge and ex-priest Chris Geraghty

versities, its own system of laws and regulations, its police force and lawyers, a developed list of penalties and its own courts and processes. A law unto itself—an organisation founded by God and answerable only to God.” Well Mr. Speaker, Such an attitude is no longer appropriate. In fact a majority of Australians find such an attitude thoroughly objectionable. It falls horribly short in protecting children.

 

It must be noted that Australia’s first saint, Mary McKillop took action against clergy abuse in 1871 and was excommunicated. One can only wonder how many children were abused by clergy in the 150 years that followed. Childhood is the one time in life that human beings are entitled to feel happy and carefree. It is vital we acknowledge the suffering of those who’ve had their lives ruined by childhood sexual assault that encouraged him to seek justice.

The Bill amends s13E of the Child Protection Act 1999 (Mandatory reporting by persons engaged in particular work) to insert a new category of persons, namely a minister of a religious denomination or society who performs work for, or has an association with, a school. Examples of a religious representative – include priest, pastor, bishop, rabbi, imam

 Regarding the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006, in this Bill:

  • Section 5 Amends s364 (Definitions for pt 10) insert religious representative means a minister of a religious denomination or society.
  • Section 6 amends of s365 (Obligation to report sexual abuse of person under 18 years at State school) to impose a mandatory reporting requirement on a religious representative.
  • Section 7 amends s365A (Obligation to report likely sexual abuse of person under 18 years at State school) to impose a mandatory reporting requirement on a religious representative.
  • Section 8 amends s 366 (Obligation to report sexual abuse of person under 18 years at non-State school) to include religious representative.
  • Section 9 amends s 366A (Obligation to report likely sexual abuse of person under 18 years at non-State school) to include religious representative.

This place has also had members guilty of childhood sexual abuse. Prominent MPs at that and those who are aware details of the Heiner affair know all too well that those in highest positions within government have not been above destroying evidence of childhood sexual abuse. And in that case, as in many others, justice was never served.

We are dealing here with people who, in their customs, traditions and behaviour proclaim a great knowledge of morality and what is right. Well I have never accepted that. My attitude in the past to many of these leaders, like George Pell and others was simply one of a lack of respect. Now it is one of disgust. It is high time they had a higher burden placed on them regarding mandatory reporting and this Bill does just that. It is high time religious representatives are subjected to the same rule of law as many of the other groups who work with children in schools.

Name: Rob Pyne
Location: Cairns
Website: http://www.robpyne.com.au
Education: JCU and QUT
Employment: Member for Cairns
Website: Date of Birth: 23 April 1967
Education: BA (JCU)., LLB (QUT).
State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Interests: Folk music, social justice and good government
Wins for Cairns: www.robpyne.org
Wins for Queensland: www.robpyne.net

Call for a Queensland State Insurance Office

Member for Cairns Rob Pyne has called on the Palaszczuk Government to establish a state owned insurance office as an affordable insurance alternative to ease the increasing financial burden of insurance for Cairns residents.

Queensland established the State Accident Insurance Office in 1919, to provide mandatory injury compensation insurance to workers in the state’s business sector. Soon after created a larger insurance body, the State Government Insurance Office (SGIO) which took over the State Accident Insurance Office. General insurance, third party and life products were added. SGIO later expanded into building society operations, superannuation, and finance.

The privatisation of the SGIO in the 1990’s has resulted in workers and consumers paying unaffordable high insurance premiums and was bad decision for Queensland (The business was fully privatised by 1997).

Revelations by Cairns insurance broker Roger Ward reveal that the both the LNP and the ALP have accepted massive political donations from the insurance industry.  The article (Cairns Post 6 March 17) listed more than $600 000.00 in donations made by major insurance companies.

Mr. Pyne said, “This is another big issue that begs the question – are the big parties working for the people or the corporations who pay them?”

One of the regular complaints in the Far North, from residents and businesses alike is the heavy burden of excessive insurance costs.

Mr. Pyne said, “I have had people in my office in tears about the cost of insurance. People in body corporate units feel particularly discriminated against.”

“This is a major election issue in the Far North. Should I be re-elected, I will table legislation establishing a Sate Insurance Office for Queensland. I will be campaigning on this and should I be re-elected I will have a mandate to act,” Mr. Pyne said,’

Name: Rob Pyne
Location: Cairns
Website: http://www.robpyne.com.au
Education: JCU and QUT
Employment: Member for Cairns
Website: Date of Birth: 23 April 1967
Education: BA (JCU)., LLB (QUT).
State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Interests: Folk music, social justice and good government
Wins for Cairns: www.robpyne.org
Wins for Queensland: www.robpyne.net

Historic Commitment for ‘A Woman’s Right to Choose’ in Queensland.

Mr. Speaker, today I was happy to secure a commitment from this government to reform abortion laws in the state of Queensland. This commitment is consistent with my belief that in 2017 there should be no place for this procedure in the Criminal Code and that it should be treated as a women’s health issue.

Yesterday the leader of the opposition basically reneged on his commitment to give LNP members a conscience vote. It became clear a majority of MPs were not prepared to support my bills, despite the weight of public opinion. I table an article from the Courier Mail dated February 21st 2017 stating over 80 per cent of Queenslanders favour removing this matter from the Criminal Code.

Mr. Speaker, I say to Catholic MPs. Pope Francis has given all priests the power to forgive women who have had an abortion, saying that God’s mercy could wipe away for those with a repentant heart. The move marked the end of the Vatican’s holy year of mercy in 2016. Pope Francis said we should focus on the personal situations that force some women to get abortions, saying he was “well aware of the pressure that led them to this decision.” Pope Francis has indefinitely extended priests’ right to grant forgiveness. This shows an understanding that each woman’s situation is unique to her. I applaud this leadership from the Pope.

This is an emotive area and there has been considerable misinformation distributed as part of this debate. One misconception is that people who are pro-choice are in some way pro-abortion and seek to see more abortions performed. I have never met anyone who is pro-abortion, least of all medical specialists who perform the procedure. As part of their care, these medical professionals offer valuable advice on women’s sexual health and provide sound advice on contraception.

I am disappointed that misinformation has been circulated that decriminalisation will encourage terminations up to 9 months. Such claims are unfounded, nonsensical and offensive. Indeed the only medical intervention at 9 months is to induce labour. The only other name for what happens at 9 months is child birth.

Regarding late term abortions, an estimated 1.3 percent of abortions happen later than 21 weeks into pregnancy and sometimes obstetricians will induce labor at 36 weeks due to anencephaly (when a major portion of the brain is missing and the baby cannot survive). But that is not an abortion. It is induced labor to deliver a baby that will not live.

Queensland and NSW are the last two states to not have updated legislation to protect vulnerable women and the doctors that are risking prosecution to assist them. Removing termination of pregnancy from the criminal code will place abortion where it should be: in the hands of women, their health care providers and support services.
We must improve clarity for health professionals and patients in the area of medical termination of pregnancy. It is not acceptable that many medical practitioners perform their duties under the risk of criminal prosecution.
Can members of this Legislative Assembly honestly say in that if abortion was not already in the Queensland Criminal Code that we would vote to have it included as a crime?

Abortion in Australia had previously been regulated by colonial law. Before the end of the 19th century. It is now time to change the law. The great tide of history is in favour of women’s emancipation:
1902: Getting the vote
1922: Founding of CWA
1961: The Pill
1962: Women in Pubs
2010: First Female elected as our Prime Minister
2017: A Woman’s right to choose
It is a better time than ever to end the uncertainty surrounding medical termination of pregnancy, to protect and advance the law for Queensland women. I look forward to the recommendations from the Queensland Law Reform Commission later this year and a re-elected Labor Government introducing legislation into this house, in line with the commitment given today.

Name: Rob Pyne
Location: Cairns
Website: http://www.robpyne.com.au
Education: JCU and QUT
Employment: Member for Cairns
Website: Date of Birth: 23 April 1967
Education: BA (JCU)., LLB (QUT).
State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Interests: Folk music, social justice and good government
Wins for Cairns: www.robpyne.org
Wins for Queensland: www.robpyne.net

Cairns MP Rob Pyne supports medical cannabis for suffering constituents over big corporations

People suffering from illness, including the terminally ill, and their carers purchasing or growing medicinal cannabis should not be charged as criminals in Queensland.

Rob Pyne said ‘no one should be charged for seeking relief from pain. That’s why I voted in favour of the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016.’

The Bill however has a very specific regulatory framework that provides for conditional access to medicinal cannabis for GPs, pharmacists and specialists for prescriptive purposes.

Growing whole plants for personal medicinal use remains illegal. Cairns people like Debbi Cliff and ‘fearless father Adam Koessler’ (father of the late Rumer Rose) deserve laws to ease their pain and suffering and that of terminally ill family members. http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/rumer-rose-once-given-cannabis-oil-by-her-father-dies-of-cancer-20160509-goq6v3.html

Rob Pyne said ‘dealing with serious illness is expensive and stressful for everyone involved.’

‘Why should we force people to spend money on pharmaceutical products if you can grow the whole plant organically in your backyard for medicinal use? Police have better things to do than to look over fences of the ill.’

‘I will support the Private Member’s Bill by Member for Buderim Steve Dickson that legislates for the access to organic whole plant medicinal cannabis for people who are seriously ill or their carers.’

Mr. Pyne said he was concerned the Government Bill passed last year (Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016) was overly bureaucratic and favoured to interests of drug companies. He said, We know the pharmaceutical companies donate to the major parties. Unlike the major parties I am not concerned with the interests of big pharmaceutical companies, I am concerned with the interests of ordinary Queenslanders who are suffering.”

‘I also support an Amnesty for anyone who has been charged for purchasing or accessing medicinal cannabis. I have previously stated my support for Steve Dickson MP on this and continue to do so,’ Rob Pyne said.

Name: Rob Pyne
Location: Cairns
Website: http://www.robpyne.com.au
Education: JCU and QUT
Employment: Member for Cairns
Website: Date of Birth: 23 April 1967
Education: BA (JCU)., LLB (QUT).
State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Interests: Folk music, social justice and good government
Wins for Cairns: www.robpyne.org
Wins for Queensland: www.robpyne.net

Call for a “Political Revolution” in Queensland by Cairns MP.

A first term MP, I became uncomfortable with what I saw of the politics class. People voting along party lines, often against their conscience and the interests of the people they represent. So I have decided to challenge current dysfunctional paradigm and run for election as an Independent MP.

In 2017 I will take on the major parties and their corporate funding, in a fight for political survival. I want to win, and I want my win to signal the start of a political revolution in Queensland and Australia.

I want people to donate to my campaign in an attempt to prove that as a community we can do politics in another way. A way that prioritizes people over the current politics of money and power.

Name: Rob Pyne Location: Cairns
Website: http://www.robpyne.com.au  
Education: JCU and QUT Employment: Member for Cairns
Date of Birth: 23 April 1967 Education: BA (JCU)., LLB (QUT).
State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Interests: Folk music, social justice and good government
Wins for Cairns: www.robpyne.org
Wins for Queensland: www.robpyne.net

Laws introduced in Queensland Parliament to abolish ‘gay panic’ defence.

The Queensland Parliament has opportunity to address a serious injustice, and provide greater equity, fairness and safety for a significant section of our community, our LGBTIQ Community

I am a proud Queenslander; and a fifth generation far north Queensland local. Despite what some like federal member for Kennedy Bob Katter may say, our region is diverse, multicultural and has a strong and proud lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population of extraordinary people who are living their lives just like any other – with respect and dignity.

I am a Christian and a humanist with a strong commitment to abolishing all forms of discrimination. It is most concerning to me that there exists a common law precedence, giving people committing violence against LGBTGIQ people an opportunity of avoiding full responsibility for their actions by pleading they had panicked.

In current law, disgracefully, this extends to sentencing surrounding the assault of a gay person – namely the defence is called ‘gay panic’. This also applies to cases of Grievous Bodily Harm, Manslaughter and Murder surrounding a person killing or assaulting a gay individual who has made sexual advances towards the defendant. rainbow_flag_breeze

This means currently, if someone is in a nightclub and approached by a gay person and they react with unreasonable force – such as a punch as opposed to laying charges with the police for sexual harassment if deemed so offensive and with the nature of physical assault – this person who carries out undue force against the gay individual (whether having simply spoken kind words of interests or expressed themselves in a physical manner) is entitled to the Queensland law of defence – as it currently stands – of ‘gay panic.’

Any violence can have grave consequences including death, grievous bodily harm. The notion of having acted in a ‘gay panic’ is a draconian, barbaric concept, which sees us walk backwards as the rest of the world steps forwards in pushing for equality. It should NOT be exculpatory – allowing for a defence of diminished responsibility. This is an abhorrent discrimination of human rights. This provision should be quashed. It is an outrage in this day and age we have left this legislation untouched – despite empty promises from the Queensland government to advance amendments to the legislation and thus remove ‘gay panic’ from our legal cohort of inequality and accomplice to violent offenders being sentenced to a lesser charge because the victim is gay.

How can we possibly give murderers a lesser sentence than another murder because their victim was gay? These are hate crimes. It is unacceptable in this day and age that we tolerate this injustice. Everyone is born free and equal. Having offered to prepare a Bill to abolish this unjust ‘gay panic’ doctrine, I am pleased to see the Government is finally moving their own legislation. This is a matter of urgency. Let’s hope when it is time to vote, all members of Queensland Parliament step out of the past and into a non-prejudicial state of fairness regarding our legal system which prides itself on justice for all as opposed to bias and discrimination regarding ‘gay panic’ laws.’

STOP PRESS: GOVERNMENT RESPONDS

Palaszczuk Government to end “gay panic” defence

The Palaszczuk Government has introduced legislation into the Queensland Parliament to exclude an unwanted sexual advance from the partial defence of provocation.

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath today introduced the Criminal Law Amendment Bill, which will amend section 304 of the Criminal Code.

That section allows a defendant to use an unwanted sexual advance as a defence for murder.

“This legislation honours an election commitment to address this unacceptable inequity,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“Our laws should never be seen to condone violence against anyone.

“Making these changes follows a recommendation from an Expert Committee tasked with reviewing the issue by the previous Bligh Labor Government.

“The LNP turned its back and failed to act on these recommendations while they were in power.”

Under Section 304 of the Criminal Code, the legislation will be amended to ensure that a person who commits murder cannot, unless in the circumstances of exceptional character, rely on unwanted sexual advance as a defence of provocation.

If the existing defence is successfully raised, it can cause a murder charge to be reduced to manslaughter.

The Bill also increases the maximum penalty from two to five years for interfering with a corpse, and ensures that the sentence for that offence

Name: Rob Pyne
Location: Cairns
Website: http://www.robpyne.com.au
Education: JCU and QUT
Employment: Member for Cairns
Website: Date of Birth: 23 April 1967
Education: BA (JCU)., LLB (QUT).
State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Interests: Folk music, social justice and good government
Wins for Cairns: www.robpyne.org
Wins for Queensland: www.robpyne.net

In our Parliament I said ‘sorry’ to Queensland’s LGBTIQ Community.

Mr PYNE (Cairns—Ind)(5.19 pm): Last week it was with great pride that I marched with the Tropical Mardi Gras float at the Cairns Festival Parade. I have many friends who are part of Cairns’ vibrant and active LGBTIQ community, of which I am very proud. It was great to celebrate with them. 

It is with a heavy heart that I would like to express my personal sorrow for the way Queensland’s LGBTIQ community has been treated in the past, as well as for a number of injustices that continue today. We all know that being a gay man was a criminal offence in this state prior to 1989 and of the injustice and victimisation the 

LGBTIQ community had been subjected to. While I may lack the stature of a prime minister, premier or even an opposition leader, as a humble MP I say to Queensland’s LGBTI community, ‘I am sorry!’

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However, it is not just for past injustices that this parliament should feel sorry, because injustice and inequity continue. Three areas stand out in this regard. The first is criminal convictions for sodomy. It is ridiculous that in this day and age elderly gay men have convictions hanging over their heads from the time when Joh Bjelke-Petersen was premier.

Secondly, the gay panic defence continues in Queensland. A petition tabled this morning draws our attention to the discrimination faced by LGBTIQ people in Queensland through the use of the provocation defence, section 304 of the Criminal Code, colloquially known as the gay panic defence. That partial defence allows for a charge of murder to be downgraded to manslaughter if it is alleged that an unwanted homosexual advance was made by the deceased towards the defendant.

Such an interpretation of this law is completely archaic, has no place in our legal system and affects the way LGBTIQ people live their lives day to day, by curbing freedom of expression and association in the public sphere with the threat of violence. It is impossible to articulate just how offensive, dangerous and destructive it would be to allow this defence to remain unaddressed in our Criminal Code. I agree with these petitioners and likewise request the Attorney General to introduce legislation to remove the potential for provocation to be used in defence of an individual who has committed an act of murder by enshrining in legislation that an alleged unwanted homosexual advance cannot be used as an application of the provocation defence.

Thirdly, unequal age of consent laws in this state continue to discriminate against gay men. The government has said that it will standardise consent laws, but has not yet done so. I say to the government, draft the legislation and bring on the vote.

Name: Rob Pyne
Location: Cairns
Website: http://www.robpyne.com.au
Education: JCU and QUT
Employment: Member for Cairns
Website: Date of Birth: 23 April 1967
Education: BA (JCU)., LLB (QUT).
State: Queensland
Country: Australia
Interests: Folk music, social justice and good government
Wins for Cairns: www.robpyne.org
Wins for Queensland: www.robpyne.net

To end on a positive note, the Tropical Mardi Gras will take place in Cairns from 30 September, with many wonderful events planned. I look forward to participating and celebrating with Cairns’ LGBTIQ community and the wider community.

 

Rob Pyne MP votes against Adani’s mining threat to the environment yet again.

Rob Pyne MP says ‘enough is enough’ and climate change must be taken seriously in our political arena.  He last night he voted against Adani’s Carmichael Mine (west of Moranbah, Queensland) in state parliament.

‘The protection of an ecological wonder such as the Great Barrier Reef should be a priority,’ Mr Pyne says.

Member for Hinchinbrook Andrew Cripps put forward a question without notice calling for the Palaszczuk Government to prioritise its commitment to Land Court reform to expedite the consideration of resource projects in Queensland.

Mr Pyne strongly opposes the LNP member’s ‘damaging’ position on this matter.

The vote was lost 87 to one.

Mr Pyne says the outcome goes against the great tide of the community’s expectations to conserve our natural treasure and environment.

‘What they really should be voting on is a motion with a win win situation for the environment over mining fossils fuels with a key eye towards environmental concerns.’

It follows the Australian Conservation Foundation’s case against $16b Adani Carmichael mine project being dismissed by the Federal Court. The ACF argued that the former environment minister Greg Hunt failed to consider whether the impact of burning coal and climate pollution breeched international obligations to protect our Great Barrier Reef. It was successfully contested by Mr Hunt’s representatives and Adani lawyers.

‘Is it really a big deal to not only us but the environment if something right outside their backdoor, like the Great Barrier Reef, disappears in the name of commerce. You never notice the change until its already happening.’

Mr Pyne says there’s no denying that the emissions for the exploration and extraction of fossils fuels, such as coal, has a high probability of contamination and pollution.

‘And here Adani, Mr Cripps, Mr Hunt and vested interests are trying to expedite these process which are there for the protection of the environment. So this should be a great concern to everybody downstream.’

The Great Barrier Reef and rainforest are not an expendable resources and should be in everybody’s thoughts and hearts in regards to future generations.

‘The coal mining are the jobs of the twentieth century and we need to be creating the jobs of the twenty first century,’ Mr Pyne says.

‘The big problem is sea level rise and Cairns is a low lying city and I’m positive Lake street could become a lake if we don’t take it seriously.’

Mr Pyne was the only one who went up against last night’s motion.