Queensland deputy premier Jeff Seeney has accused the Labor Party of being “captive of the CFMEU” because their commitment to end 100 per cent FIFO practices.
Seeney has already said that the Liberal Party has a policy against 100 per cent FIFO operations, but would not attempt to change existing FIFO hiring practices.
“It would not be tolerated in Brisbane to be told you cannot get a job down the road because you have a particular postcode. Why is it being tolerated in Moranbah?” she asked.
Seeney has said on numerous occasions that Labor was the cause of the problem when it approved 100 per cent FIFO at Caval Ridge and Daunia while in government.
He also said that the new Labor Party policy showed they were “captive” to the CFMEU, because “it is only the CFMEU that sees this as a major problem”.
Several coalition MPs have made clear their staunch opposition to 100 per cent FIFO hiring practices, including member for Dawson George Christensen, member for Mackay Tim Mulherin and National Party member for Capricornia Michelle Landry.
Palaszczuk rejected claims about Labor having created a problem, due to the boom-time employment requirements at the time.
“The Deputy Premier understands full well the historical context of the original agreement, which was made at a time when there was near-full employment in the coalfields, when demand for staff was unprecedented, when house prices and rental costs in places such as Moranbah were at ridiculous highs and when it was impossible for mining companies to source a workforce exclusively from the local community,” she said.