It is clear from parliamentary records that Labor MPs in opposition were well aware of the implications of each Newman amendment. HERE ARE THE WORDS OF BILL BYRNE MP (Labor, in opposition):
HERE IS THE MOST RECENT (2017) PRE-ELECTION PROMISE MADE BY THE LABOR PARTY:
AND THEY DIDN’T HONOUR IT
There is NOTHING we can do to protect Hinchinbrook Island, unless the Palaszczuk government honours this pre-election commitment.
The incoming Labor Government 2014 (Environment Minister Miles) thought they'd fool the conservation movement by re-amending only the Object Clause of the Nature Conservation Act, leaving in the Act the other Newman amendments that allow virtually any activity in a national park.
This month we’ve heard the ambitious and innovating Kate Jones crowing on ABC TV - "the Nature Conservation Act allows it!" – showing her determination to dishonour the Labor Party promises, the Labor Party itself, and the Cardinal Principle of national park management.
See ASH submission 24 Mar 2013 re Review of the Protected Plants Legislative Framework under the Nature Conservation Act 1992
How Nature Conservation Act changes affect National Parks Cassowary Coast Alliance blog 9/9/2013
By Margaret Moorhouse
Syd Curtis (1928-2016) was a committed proponent of the Cardinal Principle of national park management. His principled thinking was important in establishing a representative basis for selection of new national parks. He had initiated this approach after moving from forestry work to the Forestry Department’s national park section, in 1963.
The Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service (QNPWS) was not founded until 1975. Syd was QNPWS Director of Management and Operations and later (1992) Assistant Director (Policy and Legislation), retiring in 1988.