Labor's hollow support for Queensland resources sector
The recent statement by Treasurer Curtis Pitt that the Palaszczuk Labor Government was a champion of the Queensland resources sector just doesn’t stack up, Shadow State Development and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said. Mr Cripps said while the Palaszczuk Government may recognise the contribution the resources sector made in terms of jobs, investment and economic development of communities across Queensland, its actual support for the industry was non-existent. “Mr Pitt’s claim is laughable when you consider Labor’s actions and decisions since it took office in February this year,” he said. “The resources sector has been going backwards in terms of lost opportunities and politically motivated interventions.
“If you look at the evidence, the Palaszczuk Labor Government has done nothing but undermine confidence and frustrate the resources sector in Queensland, which has contributed to growing uncertainty and volatility in the industry.
“They’ve banned uranium mining again, delayed the expansion of the Abbot Point coal port and delayed the assessment and approval of Stage 3 of the Acland Coal Project.
“They interfered with the approval of Glencore as the preferred proponent of the Arukun bauxite deposit, rolled back Land Court reforms to allow green groups to delay new resource projects and intend to create more uncertainty around the notifications and objections process.”
“They established an inquiry in FIFO employment practices in the resources sector chaired by a CFMEU member and they intend to shut down sand mining on North Stradbroke Island.”
Mr Cripps said the release of the Queensland Resources Council 2014/15 Economic Impact of Minerals and Energy Sector Report demonstrated the significant contribution the minerals and energy sector made to the state’s economy and the jobs it supported.
The QRC report shows direct spending in Queensland from the resources sector includes:
$5.2 billion in wages and salaries to approximately 38,461 fulltime residents;
$24.7 billion in purchases of goods and services from local businesses, community contributions and payments to local government; and
$2 billion in State Government payments, including royalties, stamp duty, payroll tax and land tax.
“Labor should recognise the contribution the resources sector makes to Queensland’s economy, instead of making politically motivated decisions that pander to extreme green and activist groups,” Mr Cripps said.