Senate debates

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Questions without Notice


2:50 pm

Photo of Matthew CanavanMatthew Canavan (Queensland, Liberal National Party, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia) Share this | Hansard source

I thank Senator O'Sullivan for his question—a great fan and supporter of jobs in North Queensland. I can say that we on this side do support these jobs and investment. We support this project going ahead because we want to give North Queenslanders a job. We want to give them an opportunity. There are already nearly 200 people in Townsville at the moment who rely on the Adani project for their job. Just over 100 rely on Adani directly for their job. There are about 80 contractors as well. We've learnt this week that the Labor Party are teaming up to put these 200 people in Townsville out of a job. We've got the former New South Wales Premier and former foreign affairs minister, Bob Carr—Beijing Bob—opposed to these jobs in Townsville. He tweeted this week—


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