NEWS THAT New South Wales is exporting one million tonnes of garbage a year to Queensland (actually news that’s been around since 2012 government reports) should put government concerns about land clearing to rest.
A tonne of garbage, depending on its make-up from the household or industrial waste bin, emits the same greenhouse, and often worse, chemical emissions as between one and ten thousand hectares of land clearing.
A million tonnes of garbage, if it is as typically made-up of one-third plastics or oil-based fibres (as we are told is typical of the NSW exported waste), is more than all the agricultural chemicals of any type used in Queensland.
A tonne of typical NSW waste dumped in Queensland emits more CO2 and nitrous and sulphuric emissions than 10 tonnes of low sulphur coal used in our power stations.
The emissions from the million tonnes of waste exported from NSW and dumped in Queensland with the express permission of the Anna P government creates more emissions than the desperately-needed coal-fired power station in North Queensland that the same government has ruled out.
Those are the facts.
So why does the Queensland government allow NSW to dump a million tonnes of polluting waste in Queensland for FREE (no state government levies), but farmers who create fewer emissions through strategic (and largely regrowth) tree clearing are caned, and it won’t allow a power station that could help reduce the electricity price surge?
Why hasn’t the state opposition made a huge issue of this clear hypocrisy to protect the interests of embattled farmers and electricity users?
Queensland won the state of origin in rugby league, but appears to be absolutely dusted by the NSW smarties in taking their waste and pollution while kicking Queenslanders into the ground.