Resources industry leaders have slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s anti-mining policies in the latest Queensland Resources Council State of the Sector report.
Executives said uncertain and/or poor state regulation was the number one problem facing the industry in Queensland in the March quarter survey.
It was the most negative result ever recorded in the industry survey and came amid the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s attempt to scupper the Carmichael coal project.
By contrast, the QRC report heaped praise on the LNP’s plan to freeze resources royalties for 10 years, with 85 per cent of CEOs saying stable royalties would help more projects get off the ground.
“The mining industry thinks Labor is anti-regions, anti-resources and anti-jobs – and they’re right,” LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government was given a record low score because the industry has had enough of being used and abused by anti-mining Ministers.
“Regulations have been used to unfairly tie up mining projects and destroy new jobs.
“I’m pleased that industry leaders overwhelmingly back the LNP’s plan to freeze royalties.
“Royalty certainty means more jobs for Queenslanders.”
Liberal National Party Shadow Minister for Mines Dale Last said that it was extremely frustrating to see one hand being tied behind the resource industry’s back.
“The resource industry is vital to rural and regional Queensland economies,” said Mr Last.
“Imagine what our resource industry could achieve without Labor’s anti-mining, anti-jobs and anti-regions agenda.
“The LNP has a plan to grow Queensland’s vitally important resource sector unlike Labor who are ideologically opposed to job creating mining.”