Mining needs environmental safeguards: Newman

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Queensland Liberal National party leader Campbell Newman says the LNP’s new mining policy will resolve land use conflicts and offer new environmental safeguards.

Unveiling the policy to the Queensland Resources Council this morning, Newman said the protections would also offer certainty to the mining industry.

He said the LNP policy would protect farmers and try to make public compensation payments made by gas companies.

Newman said farmers were concerned they were “not getting paid the right amount of money” and needed to understand the level of compensation they were entitled to.

“We have an abundance of resources that Queenslanders want and deserve to get an immense economic benefit from, but the LNP would demand the world’s best environmental and community benefit from our mining and resources sector,” he said in a statement.

Newman said some of the key issues that needed to be addressed in Queensland’s mining industry were skills shortages, streamlining approval and regulation, and protecting the environment.

He said building key infrastructure, and operating within a fair and competitive tax system was also important.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has previously said the state’s coal seam gas industry had “some of the toughest requirements in the world placed on any industry to date.”

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