Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington said Annastacia Palaszczuk’s decision to refuse an environmental authority (EA) for the Acland mining project on the Darling Downs is the likely death knell for up to 700 local jobs.
"I’m incredibly disappointed on behalf of the people of Oakey and the Darling Downs that the Palaszczuk Government hasn’t done what it said it would do and respected the judicial process underway for the Acland project," Ms Frecklington said.
"Despite a judicial review still being before the courts, Labor decided to unilaterally kill off a mine expansion before that legal process has been allowed to run its course.
"When the LNP asked the Premier in State Parliament today why she had broken her promise to the people of Acland to abide by this legal process, she refused to back away from her Environment Department’s decision to kill the EA.*
"Given the Acland project provides full time jobs for up to 600 Darling Downs locals and contributes almost $500 million to the Queensland economy, the company and its loyal employees should have been given the courtesy of having their day in court.
"Unlike Annastacia Palaszczuk, I know this mine provides critical off-farm employment for so many local primary producers and I’m really worried about what happens to those farming families now.
"Out of respect for those families, the LNP would have respected the court process.
"Labor’s knee jerk reactions and backflips are hurting business confidence, killing investment and costing Queenslanders jobs.
"Whether it’s the Gold Coast resort, the Carmichael project or Aquis in Cairns, who would do business with the Palaszczuk Labor Government when they keep changing the goal posts."
Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, will be visiting Toogoolawah, Esk and Coominya on Monday 19th February and she is encouraging community members to come and have a chat!
"I wanted to kick off 2018 with a Mobile Office to give people the opportunity to meet me and to discuss their issues," Deb said.
"I’m keen to ensure I keep right up to date with matters affecting the community. Bookings are essential so please call my office to lock in a time," Deb said.
To make an appointment, please contact the Nanango Electorate Office on 4190 7100 or email email@example.com.
LNP Shadow Energy Minister Michael Hart today criticised the Palaszczuk Government for taking no action to cut household and business power bills in regional Queensland.
Mr Hart said he backed calls from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) for Labor to urgently act on a May 2016 recommendation to deregulate the Cairns and Townsville energy markets.
"Almost two years after the Productivity Commission recommended that deregulation would cut power bills in regional Queensland and the Palaszczuk Government has done nothing," he said.
"Labor established the Queensland Productivity Commission in 2015 and its first inquiry was into Electricity Pricing. *
"The Commission then recommended in May 2016 that retail competition be expanded in regional Queensland (recommendation 30).
"In its response to the Inquiry, the Palaszczuk Government stated recommendation 30 – expanding competition in regional Queensland - be ‘considered further' but nothing has happened." **
Mr Hart said in South East Queensland retail electricity can save households up to $500 a year.
"Retail competition would lower electricity prices in regional Queensland but just like so many critical issues this lazy Labor government has done nothing and regional Queenslanders power bills are soaring as a result," he said.
"Annastacia Palaszczuk’s inaction means people in regional Queensland are getting ripped off for their electricity."
*Queensland Productivity Commission - https://www.qpc.qld.gov.au/inquiries/electricity-pricing/
**Palaszczuk Government response to Queensland Productivity Commission Inquiry - https://www.dews.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/939983/qps-response-outline.pdf