Landry blasts claims of FIFO back-flip as trash talk
FEDERAL Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has vowed to continue lobbying against 100% FIFO contracts amid suggestions she has back-flipped on her stance.
Ms Landry was publicly criticised after she joined Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the opening of Cavel Ridge, a 100% fly-in, fly-out mine near Moranbah, on Monday.
The MP has described commentary on social media and news sites as "garbage and trash talk".
"Let me be clear... I always have and will continue to say no to 100% FIFO," Ms Landry said.
"Of course I was going to join the Prime Minister at Moranbah. He's our national leader and he was visiting my electorate. Both protocol and common courtesy dictate that I should be there with him.
"Suggestions that because I was with the PM, I have suddenly back-flipped on my stance against 100% FIFO is utter nonsense.
"It's trash talk. It's just an ugly smear campaign from Labor hacks and unions who allowed 100% FIFO to tear apart local towns in the first place."
Ms Landry said the Isaac Regional Council and the Mackay Regional Council mayors also attended the mine opening, but this didn't mean they suddenly favoured 100% FIFO either.
She said she informed the Prime Minister of the controversial impact of 100% FIFO on local towns, and attending the opening gave her another opportunity to continue open dialogue with BMA executives about the issue.
"BMA acknowledged at the opening that we have a difference of opinion on 100% FIFO," she said.
"There's no point in spitting the dummy and refusing to face BMA executives when we are trying to encourage them to reflect on the local impact of 100% FIFO at Cavel Ridge."