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Queensland coal exports hit record high, Greens claim jobs numbers don't stack up

Coal News - Published on Wed, 16 Jan 2019

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ABC Net reported that Queensland's coal exports have reached a record high and yearly totals are predicted to continue growing. Queensland Resources Council said that 223 million tonnes of coal was shipped from Queensland ports to 30 different countries and territories last year, trumping the previous record set in 2016 by 2 million tonnes.

QRC chief executive Mr Ian Macfarlane said big players and new entrants to the state's coal industry had driven billions of dollars in investment. He said that "There is a very strong demand out there which is underpinning our economic strength at the moment in Queensland.”

Mr Macfarlane said based on early figures, demand and job numbers for this year were promising. He said that "It'll depend on how that demand holds up but even at this early stage we're seeing very strong demand, both for metallurgical coal and for thermal coal out of Queensland, we're still seeing lots of job advertisements for people.”

He added that "We have a number of projects on the drawing boards in Central Queensland right across the Central Highlands and the Galilee Basin as well, so we are seeing very strong investment and very strong jobs growth that goes with it. We do have those extreme green activists who continually say coal is in decline but these figures clearly show that that is a lie, and the reality is that coal is continuing to grow and continuing to play an important part in our economy.”

Despite the increase in exports, Greens senator Larissa Waters said the claims of more jobs for Queenslanders did not "stack up". She said that "It's been very interesting to see the coal industry in desperate PR overdrive in the last few weeks having a bit of a tantrum about my bill to keep the thermal coal in the Galilee Basin in the ground.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 16 Jan 2019
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