A motion calling on the Queensland State Government to issue a mining lease for the Carmichael Mine project has been blocked in the Senate by Labor and the Greens.
Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald said hundreds of jobs and the livelihood of thousands of families across Central and North Queensland are now at risk after Labor and the Greens opposed a motion urging the Queensland Government to finalise the billion-dollar project’s mining lease.
“This mine is essential if we are to restore prosperity and economic confidence in Central and Northern Queensland,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Townsville’s Labor Mayor Jenny Hill, the Queensland Resources Council and elders of the Wangan and Jagalingou people have all supported the benefits this mine will bring to Central and Northern Queensland, however the Labor Party and the Greens don’t seem to have the same enthusiasm.”
The motion had noted that the Queensland Government issued an environmental authority for the construction of the Carmichael mine, and acknowledged that, following five years of approval processes, there was now no legal impediment to issuing a mining lease for the Carmichael mine.
“The approval of the mining lease represents the final step in this long running battle to get this project over the line, but it seems Labor and the Greens would prefer to play political games rather than provide a much needed boost to jobs, confidence and the economy north of the Tropic of Capricorn.”