Two weeks after telling the Queensland Parliament there were no further impediments to him signing the mining lease for Adani’s Carmichael Mine project in the Galilee Basin, Labor’s do nothing Mines Minister has still done nothing, the LNP Opposition said today.
Shadow State Development and Mines Minister, Andrew Cripps, condemned the Palaszczuk Government for ‘playing an extreme green fiddle while North and Central Queensland burned’ from a lack of new projects progressing to create jobs and revive the economy.
“Two weeks ago today, the LNP Opposition moved a motion in the Queensland Parliament calling on the Palaszczuk Government to immediately provide all State Government approvals necessary for Adani’s Carmichael Mine project to proceed” said Mr Cripps.
“Despite Labor supporting the motion, the Minister for State Development and Mines, Anthony Lynham, still has not made any public statement confirming that he has signed the mining lease, in defiance of the unanimous wishes of the Queensland Parliament” the said.
“It’s been fourteen days since the Queensland Parliament gave the Palaszczuk Government a direction to stop stalling at the behest of extreme green activist groups and get on with the job of delivering what is a critical project for North and Central Queensland”.
“Anthony Lynham is a do nothing Mines Minister who has spent more time shutting down new industries, undertaking politically motivated reviews and restoring vexatious objection rights to extreme green activist groups, than actually supporting the resources sector”.
Mr Cripps said it was well known Minister Lynham was increasingly frustrated by not really being in charge of making any decisions in his portfolio and that he took his marching orders directly from green left faction boss and Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad.
“We know the Environmental Authority has been issued, an agreement with the local council has been entered into and native title has been addressed – the Minister himself has stated that there are no impediments left – so why the ongoing delay?”
“Central and North Queensland communities are desperate for the injection of confidence a final approval for the Carmichael Mine project would provide for the economy in these regions and they are furious with the lack of action from Labor”.
“The Palaszczuk Government has also fiddled around with the approval for the expansion of the port at Abbot Point and while Labor’s focus is on appeasing the green lobby groups, jobs are being lost in these regions and the creation of new jobs goes begging”.