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Labor’s slap in the face for New Acland workers

23rd October 2019

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has shown breathtaking arrogance and hypocrisy after 150 workers were made redundant by New Hope, as Labor drags out the approval process for stage 3A at the New Acland mine.

In a letter (attached) sent to Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise from the Premier’s Office, Labor pointed the finger at the company for the job losses.

LNP Shadow Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dale Last said Labor has shown no sympathy for the workers who’ve lost their jobs, just months out from Christmas.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is anti-resources, anti-regions and anti-jobs,” Mr Last said.

“Labor’s approval process for stage 3A is a complete joke and jobs are being lost because of it.

“For Labor to blame the company when they’re the ones playing politics with this project is a new low.

“We should be creating jobs, not destroying them.

“I will not stop fighting for every mining job in this state and only the LNP has a plan to open up the Galilee Basin, supercharge the North West minerals province and back our resources industry.

“Unlike Labor, only the LNP has a job-creating infrastructure plan.

“New data released this week revealed it’s taking people in some parts of Queensland more than 12 months to find a job under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“You can’t trust Labor to create jobs.”

LNP Member for Condamine Pat Weir said Annastacia Palaszczuk is inflicting an economic disaster on Oakey.

“Hundreds of jobs will be lost on the Darling Downs because of Labor’s anti-resources agenda and the impact will be felt right across Queensland.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is lying when she says her Government supports the mining industry.

“This letter from the Premier’s office is a slap in the face for those workers who’ve been let go and clearly shows they have no compassion for the workers and no interest in seeing this mine stay open.”