Green-left cognitive dissonance was on shameless display yesterday with the debt-laden Queensland Government happily propping itself up with $3.77 billion in royalties from coal, according to Conservative Party spokesman Lyle Shelton.
“If it is okay for Queensland coal to be burned overseas, why can’t we burn it here to help bring down the cost of electricity?” Mr Shelton said.
“You can’t continue to be anti-coal and then at the same time rake in billions from taxes on coal.”
Mr Shelton said the demonization of coal mining by the green-left Labor Government must stop.
“It’s disappointing that there was no funding for coal-fired electricity generation in treasurer Jackie Trad’s budget.
“It seems all the future taxpayers’ money is going into renewables which are yet to prove their capacity to produce affordable and reliable base-load power.
“Spending $1 billion on a windmill farm in the Central Queensland coal fields that will generate just three per cent of Queensland’s power needs - on an intermittent basis - doesn’t make sense.”
Mr Shelton said the sky-rocketing $83 billion debt with no plan to pay it back was intergenerational theft.