Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court (Court of Appeal) to uphold the original decision to allow the New Acland mine expansion is great news for Darling Downs jobs.
Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington welcomed the decision and said the important job-creating project had been stonewalled by the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
“The workers, the community and the courts all support the New Acland Mine, but Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor Government does not,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor are now the only ones standing in the way of these much-needed regional jobs”.
LNP Shadow Minister for Mines Dale Last said Labor’s continual objection and interference in the New Acland mine was proof that they were anti-resources, anti-regions and anti-jobs.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has shown breathtaking arrogance and hypocrisy after deliberate inaction cost 150 workers their jobs,” Mr Last said.
“Labor’s approval process for stage 3A is a complete joke and jobs are being lost because of it.
“If Labor’s Anthony Lynham was fair dinkum about jobs he would sign off on this project today.”
LNP MP for Condamine Pat Weir said hundreds of jobs had already been unnecessarily lost on the Darling Downs because of Labor’s anti-resources agenda.
“I welcome the decision handed down today by the Queensland Court of Appeal and call on the Palaszczuk government to grant the necessary approvals and bring to an end the uncertainty that has been hanging over this project for far too long,” Mr Weir said.