Australia’s resource industry forms a cornerstone of its successful economy. Nowhere is that truer than in central Queensland.
But in order for the industry to continue growing and thriving for the next generations, it will need some healthy investment.
Touring central Queensland, Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised to do just that.
When a central Queensland school boy said to the PM that he doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up just yet, Morrison advised the student to ‘…just keep studying and doing the right thing’, whilst at a community forum in Rockhampton on Friday.
No matter what career the children of central Queensland decided to chase, Morrison hopes that they all have the opportunities that are currently available in the mining and manufacturing industries today, will also be in their futures.
Morrison: The man for the job
He argues for this to happen though, leadership will be required, and he’s the man for the job.
‘That won’t happen under a Labor government, because they sneer at the jobs of central Queenslanders, and they sneer at their future,’ he told reporters as he wrapped up the press conference, which garnered applause from community members gathered nearby.
The Prime Minister will set aside $30 million to upgrade the School of Mining and Manufacturing at CQUniversity in both Rockhampton and Gladstone, the Australian Associated Press reports.
Flanked by local LNP MP Michelle Landry — who is aiming to retain the seat of Capricornia. Currently, she only holds a margin of 0.63%.
Landry will go up against Labor’s Russell Robertson to try and retain her seat. The opposition lost the seat in 2013.
‘It’s all about jobs. Jobs for central Queensland, jobs for northern Queensland,’ Ms Landry told reporters.
Central Queensland’s resources sector currently has roughly 40,000 full-time jobs. The industry makes up 37% of gross regional product.
Employment the focus in central Queensland
Local man Wayne Daniels, who spoke with the PM, agreed that employment is a major issue for the area at the election, as well as coal mining, with hot topics such as Adani’s planned Carmichael mine, AAP reports.
Another local who spoke to Morrison, Richard Wilson, exclaimed that he liked the leaders ‘straight talking’:
‘There’s no crap. It’s all dealing in facts,’ he told AAP.
The opposition announced its costings on Friday, where they promised a ‘better set of books’ to the Coalition, due to $154 billion in budget savings over the next 10 years, according to AAP.
However, Morrison didn’t seem the least bit rattled at the idea, instead rehashing his well-used line that Labor couldn’t be trusted with money:
‘There’s always something very fishy when it comes to Labor’s claims about managing money,’ he said.
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