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 Dangerous rocks in Queensland waters for Shorten

15.04.19. Big trouble ahead in Queensland for Bill Shorten as union members realise that the coal business is a large employer and at least one member has thrown his hat into political ring as a candidate. Another problem just surfacing, although expect by this blog is that China is shopping for coal from Indonesia. That will seriously hurt Australia’s revenue and thus, jobs!
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten insists his party is “united” ahead of the election despite a looming crisis in the key battleground state of Queensland, where uncertainty over Labor’s position on the Adani coal mine could put key seats at risk.Source: Fairfax Media

‘Don’t buy into the fake coal war’: Union calls on Labor candidates to back mining

The Queensland mining division of the powerful Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union on Thursday issued an ultimatum to Labor candidates in the state, asking that they sign a pledge outlining their support for coal industry jobs.
Third generation coal miner Russell Robertson was the only Queensland Labor candidate to have signed the pledge at the time of publication.
When interviewed, Mr Robertson – who is running in the ultra-marginal seat of Capricornia, held by Liberal National MP Michelle Landry – steered carefully around the topic of Adani’s planned Carmichael mine.
He emphasised that there were “six other projects” in the Galilee basin that could provide coal jobs to workers in North Queensland.
“I’m going to do my best to make sure every one of those six projects get up and running,” Mr Robertson said.
“I don’t buy into the fake coal war of the LNP. That’s a real scare campaign,” he said of suggestions Labor was split over mining.
Labor has expressed scepticism over the Adani project, saying it should not receive public funding and must stack up financially and environmentally.
Mr Shorten used the word “united” nine times to describe his party at his first press conference of the election campaign in Melbourne on Thursday.
Asked if he would pledge to enable Labor MPs to have “a full and frank debate” about the Adani mine, he said “my people are free to speak”.
The CFMMEU pledge states: “I support coal mining jobs and recognise their value to our communities … I support approval of coal mining developments that meet regulatory requirements”.
Mr Robertson said this was “entirely consistent” with Mr Shorten’s stated position on coal, and that he agreed a Labor government would need to “make sure the science is right, make sure it stacks up”.
“Everything needs to go through the same process. If they stand up, they stand up; if they don’t, they don’t,” he said.
The pledge also supports “ending the permanent casual rort in mining” and “fixing broken IR laws”.
Both Mr Shorten and Labor’s environment spokesman Tony Burke have accused Prime Minister Scott Morrison of calling the election on Thursday to avoid Senate estimates hearings that would have seen the CSIRO grilled about the government’s approval of Adani’s groundwater plan.
A Shorten government could use a separate water use plan to halt or delay the project, but Labor has refused to make its intentions clear.
A Labor spokesperson said “Queensland is always going to be a great mining exporter. We have said many times that coal is part of our energy mix going forward and will be so into the foreseeable future”.
CFMMEU Queensland mining president Stephen Smyth, who has threatened to withhold the union’s endorsement from any candidates who fail to declare their support for coal, said the remaining candidates would be well advised to sign.
He would not rule out endorsing non-Labor candidates, saying the division would have to consider each candidate and their policies on their merits.
Firebrand MP and CFMMEU member Bob Katter, whose Katter’s Australian Party is running seven candidates in Queensland, declared war on the Labor party on Thursday.
“This election is about who will own Australia and who will build Australia,” he said.
“The ALP with their vegan policies are not going to build – they are going to destroy what’s there.”
Mr Katter’s policy is for Adani’s Carmichael mine to go ahead, but for the Australian government to build and own the railway line to transport coal from the Galilee Basin.
Labor’s member for Herbert – the nation’s most marginal seat – Cathy O’Toole has refused media interviews on the topic of the Adani mine.

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  • luk1955 15/04/2019, 6:43 am

    Public money should NOT be used to build this mine. That will be one way of Adani bypassing public law and instituting commercial law. We have enough commercial law as it is and this would further the encroachment of the slave state run by corporations. There is more than enough money in the business sector to pay for this mine without stealing from the public.

    • bushwanker 15/04/2019, 6:51 am

      Can you explain to me the difference between public law and commercial law please?

      • Neville 16/04/2019, 1:03 am

        Don’t hold your breath waiting, BW!
        One can call lukky lukky lukky out as much as one wants, but never a response, just more doubtful assertions.

    • Graham 15/04/2019, 1:16 pm

      The public will benefit for years on the royalties that the mine brings so I don’t quite agree with your argument.

    • Ivan 15/04/2019, 1:40 pm

      Heh Luk, it’s getting to the point where, when I see your moniker on a post, I skip to the next one. Grow a brain pal or f off to another blog.

  • Pensioner Pete 15/04/2019, 6:55 am

    So many politicians, Adani owner and the MSM bleat on about the ‘thousands of jobs Adani will create’, which is a complete and utter fantasy as was proven in a court of law in 2015.
    Carmichael mega-mine in the Galilee Basin would create an average of 1464 jobs per year, not the 10,000 jobs figure more commonly associated with the project, Indian mining giant’s expert witness, Dr Jerome Fahrer, admitted the mine would create an average of 1464 full-time-equivalent jobs a year. Of course, most of these jobs will be filled by Indians on Visas, not Queenslanders.
    The value of the proposed mine is not the measly number of jobs created, but is in royalties flowing back to the Queensland government, however, Puzzleduck approved a royalty payment period of deferral for five years, thus depriving Queenslanders those benefits.

  • Aktosplatz 15/04/2019, 7:48 am

    This Adani Mine is like Brexit – the can is continually being kicked down the road. Eventually it becomes just too difficult and the idea is quietly dropped.

  • Lorraine 15/04/2019, 8:44 am

    The Greens will not agree, Labor need the Greens 9% to win. do the maths. Richard DeNutter will demand his will be done.

  • JRT 15/04/2019, 10:11 am

    The coal miners should have one simple counter message to the Greens & Labor- Close us down and we will go, but not before we tear up all the roads,bridges, rail and port facilities we built and towns like Dysart and Moranbah because there will be no one left to live in them!

  • Penguinite 15/04/2019, 11:56 am

    Shorten on the rocks? Sounds like a new drink? An emetic one for sure!

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