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Queensland Government can Act to Save New Hope Jobs - Mr Macfarlane

Coal News - Published on Fri, 13 Sep 2019

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Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Mr Ian Macfarlane said that there could be no more hold ups, no more delays and no more excuses. The Palaszczuk Government must immediately approve the New Acland stage 3 project, following a Court of Appeal decision in favour of New Hope. The New Acland Stage 3 mine should go ahead, securing the jobs of the 150 workers who are facing redundancy because of more than 10 years of delays. There is a precedent for the Palaszczuk Government to act. In 2007 Anna Bligh’s Government legislated to guarantee operations at Xstrata’s Wollombi project in Central Queensland in response to a court ruling.

At the time, Anna Bligh said that my government is not prepared to have this uncertainty. Next week we will legislate to validate the mining lease so that the mine can proceed, but only with stringent environmental requirements. This is in sharp contrast to the Palaszczuk Government, which has refused to act to save the jobs of 150 workers at the Acland mine, where redundancy proceedings have started.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 13 Sep 2019
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