Senator IAN MACDONALD (Queensland) (12:42): I move:
That the Senate—
(a) notes the substantial contribution to the economic health of North Queensland provided by the resources industry;
(b) acknowledges that the resources industry:
(i) contributed $2.97 billion in gross regional product in 2015-16 across two of the electorates that comprise a large part of North Queensland, namely Herbert and Kennedy,
(ii) paid $673 million in wages to 5,053 full-time employees in 2015-16 across the electorates of Herbert and Kennedy,
(iii) spent $952 million on local goods and services in 2015-16 across the electorates of Herbert and Kennedy, and
(iv) made contributions that benefited 151 community organisations in 2015-16 across the electorates of Herbert and Kennedy; and
(c) urges the Government to continue its support of this economically, socially and environmentally responsible industry.
Question agreed to.