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Queensland Government and coal: a love that dare not speak its name



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SENATOR THE HON MATTHEW CANAVAN Minister for Resources and Northern Australia

MEDIA RELEASE

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT AND COAL: A LOVE THAT DARE NOT SPEAK ITS NAME

12 June 2018

Jackie Trad's refusal to admit her reliance on coal in today’s Budget is an insult to the thousands of hardworking Queenslanders employed in the coal industry.

“Coal is a love that dare not speak its name for the Queensland Government,” federal Minister for Resouresc and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said today.

“Coal royalties have contributed more than a billion dollars in extra income for the Queensland Government to allow it to fund infrastructure projects.

“Coal has allowed the Queensland Government to employ teachers, nurses and police but it has received no acknowledgement in the Treasurer’s speech.

“Coal royalties have increased by some $1.3 billion since last year's budget. Overall, royalties on energy and mineral resources are projected at more than $4.3 billion.

“The words ‘coal’ and ‘mining’ are completely absent from the Treasurer’s speech despite their fundamental importance to the Queensland economy.

“The Labor party is once again demonstrating that it knows how to spend money but not earn money. To maintain public services, we need a strong economy and a strong mining sector.

"How can the Queensland Government defend the thousands of jobs in our mining sector if they won't even mention them?

"The hardworking Queenslanders employed in the resources industry deserve better."

Media contact: Martin Bowerman 0428 303 189

Authorised by Senator Matt Canavan, Rockhampton