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27 November, 2009
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Ms DARLING (Sandgate—ALP) (6.11 pm): […] It is important at this point to correct some misinformation that I have noticed in the speeches of opposition members.

Mr Seeney: Who wrote this for you?

Ms DARLING: I am sad to say that I have had to listen very carefully to all of the arguments opposite until my ears bled. I can vouch for the fact that this speech is written by me.

Opposition members interjected.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr O’Brien): Order! The member for Sandgate has the call.

Ms DARLING: I see they are very keen for me to correct them. I find that a lot in my life; that people are keen for my correction. Several members opposite have declared themselves reef degradation deniers. Such denial is astonishing given the enormity of scientific evidence. The statement I have just tabled is a consensus of scientific views collated by 13 well-respected reef specialists with up-to-date peer reviewed information based on over 500 papers, yet those opposite have slammed this evidence. The statement—I was going to say that again.

Mr Seeney: You want to practise it when they give it to you.

Ms Jones: She wrote it.

Mr Seeney: It’s all those big words from the department.

Ms Jones: They did not write it. She wrote it herself.

Mr Seeney: You don’t believe that.

Ms Jones: It’s true.

Ms DARLING: Those opposite are very often threatened by intelligent women, but I think they had better just get over it.

[…]

Following Premier Bligh’s decision to push forward with regulation, a committee of senior officers has led a detailed analysis of options and developed a preferred approach to form the regulation.

Mr Seeney: They have written a very nice speech for you.

Ms DARLING: This analysis has been made with the assistance of professionals with years of technical and practical agricultural experience in the public and private sectors. There should be no doubt that this government is 100 per cent committed to working in partnership with regional NRM bodies, industry and other stakeholders in water quality entering the reef lagoon from broadscale agriculture. Did I skip a sentence there?

Mr Seeney: Get them to number the pages for you.

A government member: Ignore them.

Ms DARLING: I will certainly ignore them. They are the most patronising comments I have heard for quite some time. All right, I am in for a fight.

I will repeat for the benefit of the Hansard: there should be no doubt that this government is 100 per cent committed to working in partnership with regional NRM bodies, industry and other stakeholders to achieve the goal of the reef plan—that is, the improvement in water quality entering the reef lagoon from broadscale agriculture. Right from the start of the legislation development process there has been a concerted effort to seek the opinion and advice of industry and stakeholders.

Mr Seeney: No, you have read that page already.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! Member for Callide, that is enough.

Subject: Great Barrier Reef Protection Amendment Bill [Legislative Assembly – Second Reading]

Date: 8 October 2009

Hansard reference: p. 2753 – 2754 [online (pdf)]

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