QLD mining minister Stirling Hinchliffe has hit out at LNP leader Campbell Newman’s “on again off again mining policies”.
It comes after Newman’s appearance on the ABC’s Queensland Country Hour, where he “had to be reminded that mining generated jobs and millions of dollars in royalties for Queenslanders,” Hinchliffe said.
Newman told the show he would ‘never have approved’ a number of mining projects underway in Central Queensland.
"Has anyone told Clive yet? To make matters worse, mining magnate and LNP financial backer Clive Palmer’s coal interests are also at risk of being railroaded by Campbell Newman,” Hinchliffe said.
The mining minister stated that the LNP was in a mess over its back flipping on mining policies.
“First, Campbell Newman declared all policies null and void. Then he recycled Jeff Seeney’s policy – one that removed protection for landholders. While all this was going on, you had one LNP member calling for a moratorium on coal seam gas, with another wanting to lock the gate on the industry.
"At the LNP State Conference last month they came up with a policy that didn’t even see light of day.
No one knows what he really stands for and that puts mining at risk, he added.