Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk has denied suggestions that her government’s failure to fast track the approval of the Adani coalmine hurt Labor in the federal election.
However, the premier does admit that she needs to turn her focus on jobs as voters in central and northern regions of the state crushingly backed the Coalition.
‘We’re going to redouble our efforts. I’m quite sure federal Labor are going to redouble their efforts,’ she said.
The way the party has handled Adani’s controversial Galilee Basin mine emerged as a key factor to the federal Labor Party’s failed campaign at the election. Also a factor in Labor’s struggle over the weekend was Bill Shortens fickle messaging on the issue.
Palaszczuk’s government told the miner earlier this month that they needed a new plan on how they are aiming to protect an endangered finch. She has also backed herself in the way she has handled the project, the Australia Associated Press report.
Premier distances her government from federal party
The premier also tried to distance herself from federal Labor, stating that the swings were against the national party, not restricted to central Queensland.
‘Every mining application in this state has to go through the relevant approvals,’ she said.
‘I’m not the independent (mining) regulator.’
Queensland LNP senator Amanda Stoker said Mr Shorten ‘said one thing in Rockhampton and another in Melbourne’.
‘Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan said Adani was “no doubt” the biggest issue in central and northern Queensland,’ AAP stated.
Canavan, who holds the portfolio for norther Australia, also claimed that the state government had been ‘sitting on’ the project for eight years, AAP reports.
‘For too long, despite the fact miners wear the brightest shirts of anyone, they’ve been invisible to the Australian Labor Party,’ the Queensland Senator told AAP.
‘It’s a high-vis revolution.’
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