Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry today condemned the campaign by environmental activists to stop the Adani Carmichael Mine.
Ms Landry said “The people of Central Queensland overwhelmingly support this project. It is vital for the Queensland economy and will create thousands of jobs.”
Ms Landry noted the significance of the campaign being spear-headed by ex-Greens Leader Bob Brown.
“The last thing we want is for Mr Brown to wreak the same havoc in Queensland that he and his activists achieved in Tasmania.
“Tasmania has seen ban after ban on the resource industry.
This has hollowed out regional economies and forced young people to relocate to the mainland for employment,” she said.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Tasmania’s youth unemployment rate sits at 15.3 per cent, more than 3 per cent higher than the national figure. Population growth is amongst the lowest in the country, second only to the Northern Territory.
“It’s time that we WakeUp instead of GetUp,” Ms Landry said.
“The Greens and lobby groups think that stopping coal mine development in Australia will resolve global environmental issues. This is like thinking you can build a house with zippy ties and sticky tape.
“Australia is leading the way internationally in clean coal technology. By supplying cleaner coal to the world, we are securing our own future while providing basic needs to the developing world – with a cleaner outcome.
“Australia, and indeed the world, will eventually transition to new forms of energy supply. To suggest this is going to happen overnight is not only irrational, it’s irresponsible,” she said.
Ms Landry said that the world will continue to source coal whether or not the six proposed coal projects in Capricornia go ahead or not.
“It just won’t be from sourced from Australia. It is going to cost Queensland jobs and it’s not going to help the global environment.
“Renewables will be the way of the future, but current prices and reliability mean it isn’t a viable option for all business at this point in time.
“We need to trust that the very investors in coal today will be the innovators of renewable energy tomorrow,” she said.