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Rocky MP Bill Byrne warns on Seeney's FIFO ‘duplicity’

MEMBER for Rockhampton Bill Byrne is urging campaigners against fly-in, fly-out to be wary of the deputy premier's "duplicity" on the issue.

Mr Byrne's calls came yesterday following Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney's "back-flip" on 100% FIFO.

"The LNP went to the last election promising that it would not allow 100% FIFO at Bowen Basin mines, but once in power it gave in to BMA's demands with dire consequences for Moranbah," Mr Byrne said.

"It's also critical to carefully dissect what the deputy premier has actually said... he has not, for example, definitively ruled out future approvals for 100% FIFO at Queensland mines. He has merely stated that circumstances have altered and that, at the moment he does not see any need for it."

Mr Byrne claimed the deputy premier was under extreme pressure from his own side of politics on the matter and offered no comfort to Moranbah, where residents "will remain unable to work at BMA's Caval Ridge and Daunia coal mines.

"People in the Bowen Basin should also remember that while it is one thing to have convinced Coalition federal MPs like Michelle Landry, George Christensen and Ken O'Dowd that 100% FIFO is damaging regional communities, they have no power to act."

Mr Seeney counter- attacked Mr Byrne's comments saying his counterpart had forgotten it was Labor that approved for those mines to operate as 100% FIFO.

"I'm not so sure he has a leg to stand on," Mr Seeney said. "I think it's time that MPs from all sides stopped politicking on this issue and focused on real strategies that can assist mining communities get through these difficult times.

"We're getting on with that job through investing $495 million into programs like Royalties to the Regions that funds essential community infrastructure in mining towns and by getting the climate for new mines to get up and running as soon as the coal market improves.

"The truth is, and Bill well knows this, that the current downturn won't be solved by changing the employment strategy at just two out of the almost 60 coal mines in Queensland that are approved to employ up to 100% FIFO workers."

Topics:  bill byrne, fifo, jeff seeney, mining




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