Senator Macdonald stands up for NQ refinery jobs


North Queensland-based Senator Ian Macdonald blasted Labor and Greens Senators today for putting North Queensland jobs at risk.

Senator Macdonald made the comment during the Senate debate on the Repeal of the Carbon Tax.

He said it was a disgrace that Labor and Greens Senators were using the committee stage of the debate to filibuster on this issue when voters gave the Coalition a clear mandate at the last election to scrap the carbon tax.

“And anyone who might be listening to this debate should just understand that when they hear from Labor and Greens Senators, they are full of misinformation, incorrect assertions – anything to scare the Australia public about the decision of the Australian public made in September last year,” he said.

Senator Macdonald said Greens leader Christine Milne obviously had no idea of the impact of the Carbon Tax on the hundreds of Australians who work in the Townsville and North Queensland regions.

“The jobs of workers at Queensland Nickel, Sun Metals, Copper Refineries and Glencore Xstrata and in the Bowen and Galilee Basins are at risk because of this tax – that’s why the majority of Australians voted for it to be scrapped.

“I know from first-hand experience the fear that these men and women are suffering because of the impact of the Carbon Tax.

“I shudder to think of the economic impact on North Queensland if these businesses were forced to shut down by the Labor-Greens’ Carbon Tax.

“Why aren’t the unions who are supposed to be representing these workers demanding that the tax be abolished once and for all?” Senator Macdonald asked.

“Perhaps Labor Senators would like to tell us what submissions the CFMEU made to the Labor Party in relation to the job losses directly as a result of the Carbon Tax, and perhaps the mining tax as well.

“The ugly truth about the Labor Party’s indifference to the interests of Australian jobs and was on full display in the Senate Chamber this morning,” he said.

The carbon tax repeal legislation passed through the Lower House yesterday and is currently being debated in the Senate.

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