Thursday, 10 November 2016
Member for Lockyer, Ian Rickuss MP said the Palaszczuk Labor Government has threatened almost 700 jobs at the New Hope Group’s Mining operations at Acland, Ipswich and surrounding areas by doing dirty deals with crossbench MPs to push through controversial new water laws in State Parliament this week.
Mr Rickuss said the Australian company, New Hope, is based at Brookwater and operates the Ebenezer Jeebropilly Mining site and Acland Coal Mine.
“Labor’s new water laws threaten to hold up major job-creating projects across the State, adding further delays and uncertainty to much needed investment,” Mr Rickuss said.
“The LNP fought hard for amendments to ensure the Acland mine would not be jeopardised by Labor’s new laws, but ALP Members, including the Members for Ipswich and Ipswich West, voted instead to kill this important project.
“Acland employees and their families deserve to know why Annastacia Palaszczuk, Jim Madden and Jennifer Howard risked New Hope employees jobs to save their own.”
Mr Rickuss said the Members for Ipswich and Ipswich West sat mute in the Parliamentary Chamber while Australian companies were being disadvantaged by Labor legislation that has had no forethought or planning.
“The LNP will continue to support our regional industries, unlike the Palaszczuk, Madden, Howard Labor Government whose Green-agenda continues to threaten agriculture, jobs, business and prosperity across the State.”
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