Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has called upon Shadow Minister for Queensland Resources, Senator Murray Watt to advocate for the expansion for Stage 3 of the New Acland mine to the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
The calls come after the High Court of Australia ordering new hearings into the planned expansion of New Acland, after spending four months to consider an appeal from Oakey Coal Action Alliance (OCAA) against the stage 3 expansion of the New Acland coal mine, 180 kilometres west of Brisbane. The Queensland Government can sign off on the project.
Ms Landry said now is the time for Senator Watt to stop talking and to start doing something.
“I’m calling on Senator Murray Watt to call his Labor mates in the Queensland Government and get them to approve the expansion. Don’t leave it until the weekend, don’t leave it until next week – do it right now.
“What is the point of Labor appointing a Shadow Minister for Queensland Resources when he won’t advocate for Queensland resources projects?
“Senator Anthony Chisholm and Member for Blair Shayne Newman have already voiced their support for this project, so why can’t the freshly-minted Shadow Minister for Queensland Resources?”
Ms Landry said there is a precedent for the Queensland Government intervening the approval of coal projects to benefit the state.
“The Queensland Government can create new laws to protect and push forward with mine’s expansion. Anna Bligh did it back 2007 with Xstrata’s Wollombi mine, securing 190 jobs.
“The Labor Party say one thing but do another thing when it comes to coal and indeed, everything else,” Ms Landry said.