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5 ways to stand-up at election time

08 November, 2017

There are many ways to let political parties and policymakers know you want better protection for Queensland’s environment and stronger environmental laws ahead of the election on Saturday 25 November*.

If you care about healthy communities, the protection of nature, clean energy and a healthy climate, here’s five ways to make a difference in the lead up to and for the election.

  1. Sign our petition. EDO Qld is calling on ALL political parties to back 7 key reforms. Sign our petition now and we’ll tell politicians you want better citizen rights, fairer democratic processes, stronger laws for the Reef and nature, a safe climate and clean energy, a stop to excessive tree clearing, a cleaner Queensland and access to justice for all. Access our full policy document sent to all parties here (pdf).

  2. Prepare your own policy asks and take them to your local candidates. What changes can you see are necessary in Queensland to better protect the environment and your communities health and wellbeing? Write them down and take them to your local candidates. Don’t forget to ask them to provide a written reply as to whether they commit to undertake your policy asks. This is important so you can remind them of their commitments if they are elected!

  3. Join in ‘Meet the Candidates’ events around your neighbourhood and voice your concerns. Keep an eye out for any ‘Meet the Candidates’ events in your region- there are bound to be some, even if they are run by the political candidates themselves. Get along to one or two and put your questions to the candidates to see how they will respond to the issues that matter to you.

  4. Research candidate policies to help make informed decisions. You can find out more about each party’s stance and commitment to the future of healthy communities and our environment. Call and ask them direct or visit their website.

  5. Vote! Yes, it’s compulsory. Be sure to get a postal vote in if you won’t be in Queensland or are not able to vote on 25 November. Details on postal votes are available here.

*EDO Qld promotes changes to law and policy which protect the environment and advance sustainable development. EDO Qld does not support, promote or oppose any particular political party or candidate. EDO Qld respects the democratic right of all citizens to run for elected office in their own time.

Authorised by Jo Bragg, CEO of Environmental Defenders Office Queensland, 8/205 Montague Rd, West End, QLD 4101

Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) gives a strong legal voice to the environment when needed most.

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