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Macdonald wants smart spending, no CSG

TIME OUT: Greens’ Gympie State Election candidate Shena Macdonald makes time for coffee with The Gympie Times’ journalist Arthur Gorrie.
TIME OUT: Greens’ Gympie State Election candidate Shena Macdonald makes time for coffee with The Gympie Times’ journalist Arthur Gorrie. Greg Miller

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LOW cost loans for solar power, a health system "re-boot," a resurrected TAFE system and absolutely no coal seam gas in farming areas.

Those are important policies for Greens' Gympie candidate Shena Macdonald.

"I'm not totally against mining, but I think if we had a land use plan we could designate areas that need protection across the whole state.

"If we had one, it would be clear that the Mary Valley catchment will not be a good place for mining.

"We need mining to be environmentally viable.

"But the Greens are totally opposed to coal seam gas, anywhere at the moment.

"It's showing to be worse and worse from what's coming from America."

On law and order, she welcomes a lower crime rate but questions whether this can be credited to bikie laws.

"Crime was going down on a trend for about a decade and, if anything, that trend has slowed a bit recently."

It was Gympie that made Shena Macdonald a Green and Gympie issues that turned her away from the ALP, after a long association.

"I joined the ALP when Wayne Goss was elected Premier, but resigned over the Traveston Crossing dam.

"I came here with Labor inclinations, but the dam happened so I changed.

"Labor has since done so many things I don't like I think I'll just stay Green," she said over coffee at The Decks on Mary.

A Gympie-ite since 2001, she came to take up a contract position at St Patrick's College.

"I'd just done my Cert IV is computer technology and got a job teaching and looking after the school's (then) new computer network.

"Within a couple of years, I was teaching part-time Japanese at the primary school.

"I'm retired and do some tutoring now.

"If the National Broadband Network had come through I'd be looking at a career online," Ms Macdonald said.

The quarter horse proposal I'm a big cautious about.

"The Gina Rinehart proposal is factory farming and it will eat up our water resources - or drink them up.

"The Greens would tend to favour co-operatives and Shane Paulger (Katter's Australian Party) is talking about them and knows how they work.

"We've always been supportive of that sort of thing.

"I think we need some Greens in parliament, to have an influence.

"Our ideas improve legislation, when they're picked up by other parties."

Gympie Times

Topics:  greens gympie politics queensland election 2015



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