The Conservative Party has welcomed the Queensland Labor Government’s approval of MacMines Austasia’s new $7 billion mega coalmine in Central Queensland.
“This will be good for Queensland jobs and for regional economies,” Senate candidate Lyle Shelton said.
However, Mr Shelton said there was gross hypocrisy on both sides of politics when it came to Queensland’s job-generating coal industry.
“The climate-alarmist Premier was too embarrassed to front the media today to celebrate the announcement and the LNP Leader Deb Frecklington says her party’s policy is for‘a future without coal’.”
Mr Shelton said the Conservative Party would always stand up for the coal industry.
“This is an industry that needs certainty from political leaders. It is hypocritical of both sides of politics to pocket billions of dollars of royalty tax from coal exports yet refuse to allow Queensland coal to be burned in much-needed new coal-fired power stations here,” he said.
“If they really believed in human-induced climate change they would stop coal-mining tomorrow, which of course is what the Greens want to do. They need to level with the people of Central Queensland,” Mr Shelton said.
Instead, Australia’s mining industry and electricity generation capacity remains uncertain.
“China and Asia are powering ahead burning Queensland coal and yet the Australian Energy Market Operator is warning of possible summer blackouts. It’s embarrassing,” Mr Shelton is working to replace Greens Senator Larissa Waters in the Senate.
“Because the Greens anti-coal policies influence the major parties, they are an existential threat to jobs and the economy. They must be stopped,” Mr Shelton said.
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