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Greens ready for March election

Posted by Jim on January 25, 2012

The Greens candidate for Noosa, Dr Jim McDonald welcomed the announcement for an election date by Premier Anna Bligh, this morning.

Dr McDonald said that the LNP and Labor leaders had descended to a schoolyard level of debate on the election date.

“I have no doubt that the decision will be controversial concerning the decision to push back the Council elections, but people have been confused between coverage of State and local government elections.

“The Greens policy supports fixed terms and the adoption of that principle will take away the demeaning argy bargy that we have seen this week between Campbell Newman and Anna Bligh.

“However, the biggest problem we face in Queensland is that no party once in government seriously commits to any long term action planning.

“People often say to me that The Greens can never win government so it is a wasted vote. But voting for The Greens is a vote for the future. We must leave behind the dysfunctional ratbaggery that has characterised the Queensland Parliament and deal with long term issues beyond the three-year electoral cycle instead of short-term, populist programs.

“If I am elected to the Parliament for Noosa I can focus my contribution in representing Noosa on the solutions requiring long-term strategy and action, such as a commitment to the infrastructure planning and programs necessary to prepare for the effects of climate change in the region and economic prosperity for Noosa in the post-carbon economy.

“This is not something you ever hear from Mr Elmes or the Young Labor candidate from Brisbane.

“Because I am not constrained by the vested interests that support Labor and the LNP, my focus will be on the benefits for the whole of the electorate and the region rather than select groups and the coal and gas industries.”

Dr McDonald said, “The Noosa and Hinterland Greens Branch are organised and ready for the long campaign.”

Jim McDonald
Greens Candidate Noosa
Media Release, 25 January 2012

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Wide Bay Greens spokesperson interviewed on Noosa Community Radio

Posted by Jim on October 29, 2010

Wide Bay Greens spokesperson, Jim McDonald, was interviewed this week on Noosa Community Radio about a number of issues in the Wide Bay Sunshine Coast regions.

He referred to the Greens’ fishing policy which addresses the sustainability of the Australian commercial fishing industry and recreational fishing.  He has expressed concerns previously about the media’s uncritical reporting of continual industry and political misrepresentation of the Greens’ policy.  For example, the Noosa Journal recently failed to publish a rebuttal by Jim to a letter to the editor alleging that the Greens planned to ban all fishing.  He pulls no punches in this interview .

Jim also talked about the implications of a lack of vision for the Mary Valley within the other political parties.  It is an urgent issue as a matter of the national interest that needs to be addressed as part of a national food security strategy.  None presently exists.  The future of the Mary Valley is an issue that he addressed during the election campaign and he has recently raised the issue again in response to comments on the Mary Valley by Nicklin MP, Peter Wellington.  This interview can be heard here .

During the election campaign, Jim was very active in supporting the Aldershot community against the open-cut coalmine Northern Energy Corporation proposes to be dug within a few kilometres of the town. He has continued his support for the community since being appointed the spokesperson for the Federal electorate of Wide Bay.   This interview discusses several aspects of the development of coalmining in the region from Wolvi to Aldershot, along the Mary River at Munna Creek, Tiaro and Aldershot and in the Rainbow Beach – Tin Can Bay hinterland.  Listen to the interview here .

He was also asked to comment on the Moy Pocket Quarry’s plans to become a central depot for explosives in the region.  The Greens made a submission to Gympie Council opposing the project.  This was reported on this website in August.  The interview is recorded on the Noosa Community website here

Jim McDonald, Greens Spokesperson, Wide Bay Federal Electorate, 29 October 2010

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Greens candidate is Noosa’s best choice

Posted by Jim on July 31, 2010

Noosa’s best chance of representation by a candidate who understands the community is the Greens’ candidate for Wide Bay, Jim McDonald.

Jim has been a resident of Noosa for 15 years and has been involved in the community during that time.  He stood for Council in 2004 and has been involved in various community activities since becoming a resident.  He has been president of Noosa Chorale, a lecturer in negotiation for Noosa U3A and for a time on the U3A Committee, a volunteer speaker for the Australian Heart Foundation.  Early this year, he ensured that the Sunshine Beach community became aware of Council proposals to change Sunshine Beach village. His article in the Noosa News led to a large turnout of residents at a Council briefing session letting the Council know the community position, which had been neglected in consultation processes.  Jim is also a member of Noosa Arts theatre and edited an online theatre newsletter and bulletin for the Sunshine Coast.

On the hustings

Jim McDonald on the campaign trail

As the Greens candidate for Wide Bay Jim has thrown his support behind the Kin Kin community’s concerns about the expansion of the Kin Kin quarry and PAGE, which is trying to protect beautiful hills habitat in the Noosa hinterland from Powerlink’s proposed high voltage transmission lines through Eerwah Vale.  The Greens also support Noosa’s de-amalgamation from the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and informed the Friends of Noosa about that a couple of months ago.  Neither the Labor candidate nor the sitting member understands our concerns about the negative effects of amalgamation on the Noosa community.  Once part of a viable and solvent Shire Noosa residents have inherited rising rates in a debt-ridden regional council. We support a Council which unites the common interests of the Noosa Hinterland and the hinterland towns as well as Noosa and the Eastern Beaches.

His was one of the few voices that raised concerns about the inclusion of Noosa in the Wide Bay electorate before the 2007 election.  Many Noosa people are not aware that the administrative centre for the electorate remains in Maryborough. That’s further away than the Brisbane CBD.  The area covered by the old Noosa Shire demographically, economically and regionally has more in common with the Sunshine Coast than the rural communities and towns of Wide Bay.

Despite half the voters in Wide Bay being located in Noosa, the Labor and Nationals campaigns are being run out of Maryborough. Noosa perspectives are neglected.  The Greens candidate understands the Noosa community while having responded for some months to community issues throughout the electorate as he campaigned throughout Wide Bay.  The Greens campaign is being run out of Noosa.

On 21 August Vote 1 Jim McDonald, Greens Candidate for Wide Bay and Noosa

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Young voters urged to enrol without delay

Posted by Jim on May 25, 2010

Young voters who will turn 18 before the end of the year should enrol with the Australian Electoral Commission as soon as possible to ensure they get a vote in the 2010 Federal Election.  However, while 17 year olds can enrol, they are not eligible to vote until they turn 18.

The Greens candidate for Wide Bay, Dr Jim McDonald, said that he was afraid that many new voters would put off enrolling because no-one except the Prime Minister had a clue when he was going to call an election.  And it would be easy to miss out.

“I would encourage all young people who are 17 years old and whose 18th birthday is before the end of the year to enrol early.”

Dr McDonald said the electoral rolls will close only three days after an election is called and a writ issued.

This limitation was introduced by the Howard Government and it has been left there by the Rudd Government.

“The provision makes it easy for the youngest voters to miss out,” he said.

Voters can find enrolment forms through the following outlets:

  • Any Post Office or Australia Post outlet;
  • Medicare;
  • Centrelink;
  • Australian Taxation Office outlets;
  • The Australian Electoral Office in Telstra House [Arcade], 277-281 Adelaide St., MARYBOROUGH QLD 4650.  There are no other electoral offices in Gympie or Noosa.  However, you can pick up an electoral form in Nambour at the Australian Electoral Office, Commonwealth Government Centre, cnr Maud & Currie Sts., NAMBOUR QLD 4560
  • Download a form from https://forms.australia.gov.au/forms/aec/Electoral%20enrolment/ or
  • Ring: 13 23 26 to order a form.

If you are a new young voter and you are both 17 years old and an Australian citizen, you may enrol before your 18th birthday, but you are not entitled to vote until you turn 18.

If your 18th birthday falls between the announcement of the election [that is, date of the writ] and polling day and you have not already applied for provisional enrolment, you have until the close of rolls 3 days after the election is called to apply for enrolment. After that, you will not be able to vote in the 2010 election.

So the window for enrolling is a small one.

You should check the information required on the enrolment form to ensure you have satisfied all the requirements and/or visit the Australian Electoral Commission web page for further information.

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