Massive missed opportunity as Labor fails on cannabis legalisation

Greens MP Michael Berkman responded to Labor’s Friday afternoon announcement that they would not adopt the expert recommendation to legalise cannabis and MDMA. 

Fixing the 375 and 475 Buses in Bardon

Brisbane’s west side is notoriously poorly served by Translink’s bus network, meaning many locals choose to drive and peak hour traffic is significant. I'm supporting local residents in the western part of Bardon advocating for better buses on the 375 and 475 routes, including a direct connection with Toowong train station. 

Submission on the plan for five new green bridges

On 9 December 2019 I made a submission to Brisbane City Council on their plan for five new Green Bridges, including at Toowong-West End and St Lucia-West End. 

Greens call for closure of the Mt Coot-tha Quarry

Greens MP for Maiwar Michael Berkman, along with Council candidates Donna Burns (Paddington), Michaela Sargent (Walter Taylor) and Charles Druckmann (Pullenvale), are today calling on the Brisbane City Council to close the Mt Coot-tha Quarry by 2025, with public consultation and a closure & rehabilitation plan by the end of 2020.   

Greens propose $1 Levy on Coal and Gas Corporations to fund $890 million investment in the Queensland Fire Service

Greens MP Michael Berkman has proposed a levy on all coal and gas corporations via a $1 royalty premium, to increase the number of full time paid firefighters by 1400, create a permanent aerial firefighting fleet, better resource the Rural Fire Service and create 200 new Indigenous Ranger positions.

Speech on the Holidays Bill and the Four Day Work Week

On Wednesday 27 November Michael gave a speech on the government's bill to create a six-hour public holiday on Christmas Eve. He used the speech as an opportunity to call for Australia and Queensland to move towards a four day working week. You can read the speech below or in the official Queensland Parliament Record of Proceedings (Hansard), or watch it HERE.

Submission on proposed childcare centre, 28 Russell Tce Indooroopilly

On 15 November 2019 I made a submission to Brisbane City Council reinforcing the concerns of local residents and the ISS P&C about a proposed development at 28 Russell Tce Indoooroopilly.

Locations for green bridges announced: time to buy back the ABC site

Greens MP Michael Berkman has responded to Brisbane City Council’s announcement of the draft locations for four of the five new green bridges proposed in Brisbane. 

Queensland Labor must not approve new thermal coal mining at Acland Stage 3

Greens MP Michael Berkman has responded to reports today that the Queensland Labor Cabinet will soon approve the Stage 3 expansion of the Acland coal mine near Oakey on the Darling Downs. 

Calls for transport and pedestrian safety improvements for the Queensland Academy of Science, Maths & Technology

Greens MP for Maiwar Michael Berkman held a meeting on Friday 1 November with stakeholders to develop a transport strategy for QASMT after the school raised concerns about safety and accessibility for their students. 

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