Ministers forced to be accountable
Three Queensland government Ministers – the Premier, Anna Bligh and the Ministers for Health and Water are being forced to change or justify their decision to add toxins - including from sewerage and fluoride to Queenslanders’ drinking water.
Two safe water advocacy groups, the Peoples Class Action group and Queenslanders for Safe Water, on Friday 2 January 2008 served legal notice on Ministers Craig Wallace and Stephen Robertson in the form of more than 600 individual letters from people demanding their rights under the Judicial Review Act.
The letters request the Ministers to properly investigate the scientific evidence, including more than 200 pages of references to scientific and other evidence attached to the letters, and then make a decision to recommend to the cabinet the repeal of the legislation enabling the addition of fluoride or sewerage water toxins to the public water supply.
Should this request not be complied with, the letters then invoke the provisions of the Judicial Review Act 1991 to require Written Statements of Reasons for the failure to do as requested. Each letter must be fully and personally answered within 28 days.
This tactic by law requires answers. Unlike petitions, which politicians notoriously ignore, the Law mandates that the Ministers must provide answers, and if the answers are not forthcoming, the two groups promise to drag the Ministers into the Supreme Court and force them to justify their refusal to recommend to cabinet and the Parliament, the repeal of the fluoride and recycled water legislation.
Spokesperson Bruce Bell said: "There is no way any sane person who examined the mountain of scientific evidence could ever support these toxins going into our water. The Supreme Court would be forced to declare the Ministers' decisions invalid in Law. And that would be a first for the people and real democracy in action."
For further information, contact: Bruce Bell, phone 0412 463 777.