"As Many of you know I went down to Brisbane to accept my Queensland Conservation Council "Champion of conservation" award from Minister Powell a couple of days ago.
Within my short speech I gently reminded Minister Powell that his government had emasculated the Queensland Environmental Defenders Office, a place where ordinary citizens can obtain information regarding using the law to protect Queensland's natural environment".
I am very upset that the Queensland LNP Government has disempowered its North Queensland citizens in such a shameful manner, especially as we have so much that is worth protecting.
I am angry that Cairns and North Queensland have lost the services of EDO lawyer Patrick Pearlman (who nominated me for the award), a gentleman who helped many citizens like you and I protect our environment from degradation.
Please remember how our LNP Queensland government has disempowered those that care for a sustainable future for Queensland when the next election arrives .... I am not a political animal by any means but a healthy environment is the foundation of all sustainable and robust economies. Any government that wishes to cripple the ability of citizens to fight for healthy land, air and water is not my friend.