Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Planning spokesperson
Tasmanians are passionate defenders of their place. Communities having a say has always been, and should remain, central to planning laws.
The Liberals’ major projects legislation is an attack on democracy. It removes accountability from the existing planning scheme mechanisms, gives decision making power to a hand-picked panel, and weakens third party rights of appeal.
Combined with Tasmania’s weak donations laws, the developer-driven major projects legislation is a recipe for corruption. It has been written to give corporate mates more power, and communities less.
The major projects legislation would open the door for fast-track approval of Cambria Green, developments in our National Parks and wilderness areas, and skyscrapers in our cities. This is what communities have been railing against for years, and the only thing that stands in the way is the Labor Party.
Labor has a choice when Parliament returns this week – will they back developers and the erosion of our democracy, or will they stand with communities and their right to have a say?