Premier admits she has no plan for Basin jobs

Tuesday 6 October, 2020

Annastacia Palaszczuk today confirmed she has no plan to create new jobs in the resources sector and the Galilee Basin.

Asked if she wanted to fulfil the jobs potential of the Basin, Ms Palaszczuk replied: “That’s up to the market.”

She also refused to rule out any move to reform Labor’s biased approvals process, which delayed the Adani mine for a decade and is destroying jobs at the New Acland mine.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk doesn’t seem to realise that Queensland is facing a jobs crisis,” LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said.

“With almost 200,000 people out of work, she should be doing all she can to create new jobs and grow the resources sector ­- but she hasn’t got a plan.

“It’s the Premier’s job to grow our economy and create jobs, especially in regional Queensland where so many people are out of work.

“Labor’s economic failure is the reason why Queensland has had the highest unemployment in the nation for the last four years.

“The LNP has an economic plan to create jobs and lead us out of recession – and resources are at the heart of it.

“The LNP’s plan for resources will unlock 15,000 jobs in the Galilee Basin and supercharge the economies of central and northern Queensland.”

Ms Frecklington said an LNP Government’s economic plan would:

  • Freeze resource royalty rates for 10 years – a move the industry has said will help to unlock $50bn of investment and 15,000 new jobs in the Galilee Basin.
  • Reform Labor’s biased approval process for new resource projects.
  • Reinstate the position of Queensland Resources Industry Commissioner to promote the state to international investors (a position cut by the Palaszczuk Labor Government).

“Only an LNP Government will back our resources sector and get Queensland working again,” Ms Frecklington said.

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