Qld Labor announces anti 100% FIFO policy

LABOR plans to end 100% fly-in, fly-out practices at mines near central Queensland towns if elected.

Queensland opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk will announce the policy in Moranbah this morning.

She said all FIFO operations resource projects near regional communities would be reviewed and no more approved.

Labor will pledge to review all current 100% FIFO approvals at mines located near regional towns.

Ms Palaszczuk said the policy would give workers more choice about where they lived and worked.

"We want to see vibrant, thriving communities right across our state, whether you live in regional Queensland or our metropolitan centres," she said.

"From talking to families in mining towns across Queensland, we know how crucial it is for those Queenslanders to have access to secure, long-term jobs close to where they live.

"If you live in Moranbah or Mackay or Rockhampton, you should be able to work there or at least nearby. The practice of dictating to workers that they must move to Brisbane or Cairns and fly-in, fly-out if they want a job isn't sustainable over the long-term.

"My commitment to Queenslanders that live in mining communities is that under the next Labor Government, 100% FIFO proposals will not be approved and we will review all existing 100% FIFO approvals within the first 100 days of office."

The LNP government was not clear on its position on 100% FIFO operations until Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney told APN in June he supported ending 100% FIFO operations.

But the Newman Government will not reverse the two 100% FIFO mines it says Labor approved before they came into power.

When opening the Caval Ridge mine earlier this month Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he supported 100% FIFO operations on a case-by-case basis.

- APN NEWSDESK



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