Deadline debate over the end of Stradbroke mining

Queensland state parliament is due to consider different deadlines proposed by legislation relating to the end of mining on North Stradbroke Island.

This legislation follows a renewed push by Katter’s Australian Party to wind down sand mining on Stradbroke Island, describing it as a sensible compromise between the competing proposals of the major parties.

The government had been in discussion with union representatives to discuss their concerns about the proposal’s impact on jobs.

Proposed by Dalrymple MP Shane Knuth, the Katter Bill proposes a 2024 end to mining while the planned Labor government legislation is to shut down the Sibelco mine by 2019.

However Sandgate MP Stirling Hinchliffe had previously called on the Parliamentary Finance and Administration Committee to suspend consideration of a Katter Party Private Members Bill, tabled on October 27th.

“It allows for all of the stakeholders in the community to be able to make one set of submissions for the good order and good governance of the business of those committees and the House,” Hinchliffe said.

Knuth claimed that he initially tabled the Bill in an effort to resolve ongoing time frame differences on the phasing out of sandmining on North Stradbroke Island.

It is likely the government will table its legislation calling for a 2019 end to mining at the last sitting for the year in December.
 

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