CQ pollies clash over Greens' threats to coal mine projects
CENTRAL Queensland LNP politicians have criticised The Greens, saying they were jeopardising up to 15,000 jobs in the Galilee Basin and encouraging people to break the law in protesting against new mines.
Senator Matt Canavan said mining industry jobs relied on more than just one project and there were six potential mines in the Galilee Basin that could create 15,000 jobs.
"The LNP supports the development of new mines in the Galilee Basin. We support the jobs that these projects will deliver,” Mr Canavan said.
"It's appalling that a Greens elected member of Parliament is encouraging people to break the law all in the name of stopping other people's jobs.”
Capricornia MP Michelle Landry also lashed out at the plans to put these projects in jeopardy.
"This statement from The Greens just shows how out of touch they are with the needs of CQ,” Ms Landry said.
"Even after an election campaign where Labor talked 'jobs', they were happy to place thousands of CQ jobs in peril by announcing they would veto a Federal Government loan they had applied for.”
Ms Landry said the Galilee Basin was a massive economic development opportunity and while the State Government was beholden to the Greens, this development would always be in peril.
She urged the Labor Party "grow a spine” and start working for the whole state.
"Central Queenslanders deserve to know what is going on and why they have to wait for vital economic projects, like opening the Galilee Basin,” Ms Landry said.
"I wonder how Barry O'Rourke (Rockhampton MP) feels, knowing the government he is part of is destroying the job opportunities of the people he represents.”
Mr O'Rourke recognised the positive impacts of mining on Central Queensland and said any protests must be lawful. .
"I am supportive of mining projects and the jobs and economic benefits they bring to the region,” he said.
"With any new mines there are numerous approvals required to protect the environment, traditional owners and land holders.
"This includes having plans and funds set aside to rehabilitate land progressively during operation and once mining is completed.”
Mr O'Rourke said the benefits of mining to Central Queensland were many, with taxes and royalties for both governments as well as employment opportunities.
"All of this has a positive impact on people's lives, with not only jobs in the mines industry but also in the local community,” he said.
Keppel MP Brittany Lauga said Queensland had among the toughest environmental regulations in the world to ensure the future of our environment.
"The Palaszczuk Government also is committed to employment and is supportive of the thousands of jobs generated by the resources industry across the state,” she said.