Cosy Relations

Despite all the promises for open and transparent government by Premier Anna Bligh, there remains an all too cosy relationship between the quarrying industry and the Queensland Government. Many FOIs/RTI reveal an unhealthy closeness between the quarries and the Queensland Public Service. Clearly political donations are more attractive than the health and welfare of local residents and wildlife. Many Freedom of Information (FOI) requests have resulted in clear evidence of the Department of Mines and Natural Resources having an unhealthily close relationship and the ignoring of transgressions of approval conditions and regulations being commonplace.