LNP draws ‘line in the sand’ over foreign workers

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Queensland Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman says he will not support any move to increase the use of foreign labour on QLD mines.

According to AAP Newman said increasing foreign workers was "completely unacceptable" and his party would block more attempts to do so.

"I’m here to say today — line in the sand — the LNP will not support this sort of thing," he said.

Newman’s comments come as a spokesperson for Immigration Minister Chris Bowen this week confirmed the Government was assessing private proposals by mining companies for Enterprise Migration Agreements.

The EMA’s will be used to sidestep current 457 visas and find foreign workers desperately needed to fill mining jobs.

One of India’s richest men, Gautam Adani, recently purchased the Moray Downs cattle station for around $110 million, and plans to develop Australia’s largest coal mine in the region.

Previous coverage has reported Adani Mining was looking at using foreign workers for the project, but a spokesperson for the company told the ABC Australian workers would be its "first preference".

"We have always maintained that Adani Mining will exhaust all available work sources for projects within Australia before using overseas workers," they said.

Image: Rio Tinto

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