House debates

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Statements by Members

Queensland: Mining

1:44 pm

Photo of Ken O'DowdKen O'Dowd (Flynn, National Party) Share this | | Hansard source

My topic is coal in Central Queensland. And so the war begins! There is a $66 billion for the economy at stake. Coal was the biggest export earner last year, 2018, for Australia, with 7,000 direct full-time jobs and 35,000 indirect full-time jobs in Queensland, supporting small business. The Australian reported this morning that with, Labor's 45 per cent emissions target and 50 per cent renewable target, $9,000 a year will be lost in wages by the year 2030; $472 billion will be wiped from the economy in 10 years; and there will be a 50 per cent hike in electricity prices.

The member for Corio, the Leader of the Opposition, the member for Griffith and Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Queensland Premier, have all openly stated that they do not like coal. Labor candidate for Flynn is scrambling for a new position. Clearly Labor are divided on coal and divided on energy. They will close down the coal industry and close down coal-fired power stations. They will cost us coal jobs. No coal is Labor's goal—a sad day for Australia.