‘It is time to set the record straight’
Letter to the editor contributed by Tony Fontes.
WITH the Queensland state election just around the corner, the political rhetoric is beginning to heat up.
A real favourite of the more conservative parties (and totally unfounded) is the claim that the left-leaning parties are anti-progress, anti-jobs and bad for the economy.
It is time to set the record straight.
When you look beyond the rhetoric, you soon realise that the conservatives are actually the least progressive, least pro-job political parties in this country.
Left-leaning parties are far more progressive, produce far more jobs and can build a far stronger economy.
To illustrate this point, let’s look at one of the most important issues in Australia today – energy.
The conservatives continue to promote, support and subsidise fossil fuels, particularly coal. How is this progressive?
Coal is the oldest, least efficient and most polluting form of energy in the world.
This is regressive.
A progressive party would be promoting renewable energy, the most efficient, cleanest and cheapest form of energy available today.
As well, by ignoring renewable energy, conservatives are ignoring the huge job potential supported by the many forms of renewable energy.
The facts show that the fossil fuel industry provides few jobs, none of which are sustainable into the near future.
And finally, the economy.
As the world quickly moves away from fossil fuels, any economy dependent on fossil fuels (particularly in the export market) will simply not be sustainable.
But an economy based on renewable energy will have a very bright future.
Australia, with its virtually unlimited wind and solar, can capitalise on that future and become a world leader in exporting clean energy.
This is how a truly progressive party can build a strong economy.
Now and into the future.
Tony Fontes, Airlie Beach
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