Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has lent his voice to the growing anger and frustration being levelled at the Queensland State Labor Government and its failure to fully back the Adani Carmichael mine, after it failed to address concerns surrounding the impact of controversial water legislation at its state conference on the weekend.
Senator Macdonald said the Queensland Labor Party is holding jobs and the economy to ransom in communities across central and north Queensland in order to appease the Greens.
“It’s hypocritical to say the least – the Queensland Government publicly declare they support Adani, yet behind closed doors, Jackie Trad is busy rolling out Plan B, pushing ahead with new water legislation that will create yet another avenue for legal challenges, ensuring the mine never sees the light of day.”
“I was looking forward to the fireworks at the Labor Party’s conference on the weekend, expecting the CFMEU to at least stand up to Trad and demand job security for their many members in these affected communities, but it seems they too, are ultimately beholden to the Greens preferences that keep their mates in the top job.”
Senator Macdonald said he was concerned by reports the Adani CEO, Jeyakumar Janakaraj, had written to State Mines Minister Anthony Lynham, expressing his frustration at the new legislation.
“This alone should set alarm bells ringing,” Senator Macdonald.
“For six years, we’ve watched Adani face ongoing legal challenges and delays in their bid to secure their mining licence, which means jobs and critical infrastructure for a region that is begging for investment and growth, and now, at the eleventh hour, Labor pull out yet another roadblock.
“If the Palaszczuk Government was serious about creating jobs and growth in regional Queensland, they’ve had plenty of opportunity to do so.
“Their refusal to press the go button is simply further evidence of their desperate desire to keep the Greens on side, and retain their power base in the south-east of the state.”