CQ MP claiming win in opposition to full FIFO labour
MICHELLE Landry is celebrating a political victory after the State Government yesterday announced that it did not support 100% FIFO.
"I'm pleased to hear they have changed their mind on this," said the Member for Capricornia, who has been a vocal opponent of the concept.
"I would like to think I played a major part in the State Government decision, having put up a private member's motion on Monday with colleagues (Dawson MP) George Christensen and (Flynn MP) Ken O'Dowd.
"This is great for the people of Central Queensland because we are suffering badly at the moment, especially with the two mines (Caval Ridge and Daunia) that have 100% FIFO," she said.
Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney called on federal MPs who had been "grandstanding" over FIFO workforces to get across the complexities of the issue before trying to score cheap political points.
He said instead of entertaining "cheap one-line answers to the situation" they should instead look at ways to help the communities that elected them.
Ms Landry hit back, saying that was exactly what she and her two federal colleagues were doing.
"I don't believe we have been scoring cheap political points and I believe we are across the issue.
"We have been sticking up for our electorates, the people who voted for us," she said.
"FIFO is one of the biggest issues in my office."