LNP forces Palaszczuk Government to support Adani project
The LNP Opposition has successfully moved a motion in State Parliament to pressure the Palaszczuk Labor Government to immediately provide all State Government approvals necessary for Adani's Carmichael Mine. Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said it was left to up to the LNP to force Labor’s hand on the project after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Mines Minister Anthony Lynham had dragged the chain on granting a mining lease for Adani’s proposed Carmichael mine. “The Premier promised Queenslanders that this week would be all about her jobs agenda, but tonight has uncovered what we all expected – her Labor Government doesn’t have one,” Mr Springborg said. “Labor pretends be on a job-creation drive yet they have been frozen-at-the-wheel for months, failing to approve a project that could create thousands of jobs for Central and Northern Queensland.
“The motion moved by the LNP called for the government to immediately grant the company’s mining lease to allow the project to proceed.
“This means Mr Lynham must act now, not next week, not next month and not next year.”
Mr Springborg said the $16 billion project would create thousands of jobs and inject billions of dollars into Queensland’s economy, particularly in north and central Queensland.
“It is a game-changing resource development that must be supported at a time when Queensland workers and their families are crying out for jobs,” he said.
Shadow State Development and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said had the LNP still been in government, consideration of the mining lease would have been completed as a matter of urgency and the project could have been up and running long ago.
“It was the LNP who gave approval to the Carmichael mine after two years of Adani’s negotiations going nowhere with the previous Bligh Labor Government, which was also captured by green activist groups,” Mr Cripps said.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government must sign off on the Carmichael project’s mining lease and approve the expansion of the Port of Abbot Point, both projects that the LNP worked so hard to progress for the benefit of Queenslanders.
“Another day sitting on this mining lease is a day too long and Labor’s inaction and indecision are holding Queensland back.”