Australia would be broke without mining: Joyce

Government must work to form closer relationships with mining companies, Queensland Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce says.

Joyce’s comments made yesterday come after former Queensland government bureaucrat Simone Walsh claimed that coal seam gas approvals for Australia’s two largest developments were rushed through.

According to the ABC the Senator said he finds this report concerning, but governments need mining to stay in business.

"Unfortunately when you've got the debt the way it is and the Government has to rely on money coming from somewhere, we've got to make the books balance for this nation somehow," he said.

"The cold, hard reality of the economics of this is if we don't have a mining industry our nation is broke."

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